VIDEO: Pupils at St Mary and St John Primary School in North Luffenham try new sports for the Olympics

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YOUNGSTERS are getting into the Olympic spirit by trying their hands at new sports.

Pupils at St Mary and St John Primary School in North Luffenham have been learning about Olympic values in the run-up to this summer’s Games and today (Friday) were given the chance to try some activities for themselves.

St Mary and St John Primary School pupils Jen Dancy, Ben Whittenbury, Frankie Philpott and Amelia Hubbard, all 11, are learning about Olympic values

St Mary and St John Primary School pupils Jen Dancy, Ben Whittenbury, Frankie Philpott and Amelia Hubbard, all 11, are learning about Olympic values

Among the sports on offer were basketball, fencing and rounders and pupils had a great time trying them out in the sunshine.

A dance teacher from Premier Sports also stopped by to teach children some new moves in the school hall.

And youngsters used bamboo and wires to create their own version of Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor’s Olypmic Park sculpture.

Later in the afternoon the school sang the national anthem led by Jen Dancy, 11, on the flute, and Amelia Hubbard, 11, with a ballet routine.

Jen offered to play the anthem after pupils were given the chance to earn “Olympic points” by representing the seven Olympic values.

She said: “We haven’t really done anything like this before so to play the anthem with my year group has been really good.”

Ben Whittenbury, 11, said the new activities such as fencing had helped them understand the Olympic values and tie them in with the school’s own.

He said: “Everyone was a bit cautious because we though fencing might hurt. But through friendship and trust we realised we could do what the instructor was telling us without hurting anyone.”

Frankie Philpott, 11, added: “Because the Olympics are an international event I realised it must be amazing to be in it and you would be really proud to take part. You don’t realise how much work the athletes put in and people shouldn’t take it for granted.”