PHOTO GALLERY: Sexton is an inspiration to Norfolk’s youth

Norwich's former Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton lent his support to national school sport week today by helping put more than 300 schoolchildren through their paces at King Edward VII school in King's Lynn on Tuesday.

The youngsters participated in a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports as part of the Lloyds TSB-backed event. Sexton coached the schoolchildren in a boxing circuit training session and later talke to an asembly to share his own sporting experiences.

The years seven, nine and 10 aged children were taking part in a day inspired by London 2012, as the children attempted to achieve their personal best in a range of different Olympic and Paralympic sports – including handball, volleyball, goalball, boccia and water polo.

Speaking at the event, Sam Roscoe, Head of Girls' PE, King Edward VII School said: 'The staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on home soil provides us with the perfect opportunity to get young people across King's Lynn excited about sport. The idea of setting and achieving a personal best is one which challenges them to reach and surpass goals, both as individuals, and as part of

a team.

'With London 2012 just around the corner, the Games are playing a major part in enriching the lives of schoolchildren across Norfolk. We hope that this will motivate them to raise the bar even higher and inspire them to achieve new sporting and academic goals whilst they are still at school.'

More than four million young people from schools across Britain signed-up to take part in National School Sport Week 2011, an initiative run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. Schools across Norfolk are taking part, each hosting opening and closing ceremonies, torch relays, inter and intra school competitions and inviting local clubs to come in and give taster sessions in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports.

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National School Sport Week uses the anticipation of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire pupils to do more sport and physical activity, with young people invited this year to pledge to set and achieve a personal best in an Olympic or Paralympic sport, individually, with their class or club and at every level.

It is part of the London 2012 Get Set+ education programme, where young people can find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic and Paralympic Values as London 2012 approaches.

Parents across Norfolk can pledge their support for their local school taking part in National School Sport Week at

• Schools that receive the minimum number of pledges could be in with the chance of carrying the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, or winning tickets to the Games.