SPORTY youngsters at a Johnstone school were inspired to get active by a very special guest.

Fordbank Primary pupils were treated to a visit from Olympian Chris Bennett as part of the Sports for Schools initiative.

The project brings fitness circuits and inspirational talks to schools across the UK, with the aim of encouraging children to take up sport and lead healthy lifestyles.

Chris competed in the men’s hammer throw event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and also represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

During his visit to Fordbank Primary, he teamed up with ‘sports motivator’ Robert Ball to put pupils through their paces.

They built up a sweat by tackling exercises such as press-ups, star jumps and sprints.

Children in primaries one to seven all got involved.

And, after completing the physical challenges, they gathered for a special assembly to hear about the incredible sporting journey undertaken by Chris.

A Sports for Schools spokeswoman told The Gazette: “The aim of the session is to inspire children to become more active and encourage them to take part in regular exercise.

“Sports for Schools brings the country’s top athletes into primary schools to inspire them to get into sport. Each event is hosted by a ‘sportivator’ and led by a top international athlete who has represented Britain at one of the world’s top championships or Olympic Games.

“These events look to engage children by making sport fun.”

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