Olympic stars are encouraging Downham area children to “be the best” during a series of motivational visits to schools.
Youngsters are being challenged to discover their hidden unique potential as part of the legacy of last year’s London Olympics.
The “Be the Best You Can Be!” programme has been adopted by the Downham Cluster schools.
The cluster’s chairwoman, Alison Hughes, said: “The inspiration offered by high achievers including Olympians and Paralympians who strive to achieve their dreams, is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our young people.”
Teachers were looking forward to developing the exciting and transformational programme, which started on Wednesday at Shouldham Primary School.
Pupils received a visit from the 2012 Games badminton silver medallist, Gail Emms.
She said: “With the little ones, I talked about trying your best. With the older ones, it was more about what they want to be when they grow up.
“Sport is a really good way of showing how you can achieve your dreams and the kids were brilliant.”
Former Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel was welcomed to Clackclose Primary School in Downham yesterday and is today due to visit Runcton Holme Primary School.
Over the next two months, badminton champion Anthony Clark and BMX ace Mike Mullen are also expected to visit schools in the Downham area.
The Be The Best You Can Be programme was started by David Hemery, the British 400m hurdles gold medallist at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, in response to Lord Coe’s appeal to build a legacy on last summer’s Games that went beyond London and the buildings left behind.