Five children from 2nd Freshbrook Brownies met the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Ambassadors David Beckham and Ellie Simmonds following their participation in the Active Kids Live Challenge earlier in the year.
The Brownies reached the final after completing a range of Active Kids Challenge activities earlier this year and enjoyed a day out in London before meeting the sporting superstars.
David and Ellie with the Brownies and their leaders
World famous footballer and fashion icon David Beckham and quadruple gold Paralympian Ellie Simmonds hosted a special Sainsbury’s Active Kids event for the finalists at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London on Friday 4 October.
Marking a year on from the London 2012 Olympics, David and Ellie ran a training session for over 170 young people which included lots of physical exercise and tips on creating a healthy lunchbox.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Challenge ran during February and May this year. 2nd Freshbrook Brownies won the opportunity to meet David and Ellie after children completed all 24 activities in the challenge, which were focused around Game, Skill, Food and a special David Beckham 1 Minute Challenge.
After registering their participation, the Brownies were then entered into a competition to describe their favourite way of being active and heard they had been selected to meet David and Ellie in July.
Brownie Kerry Rutherford wrote a slogan that attracted the judges, adding to the statement: ‘We enjoy taking part in the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Challenge because I like keeping fit with my friends.’
She said: "It was a brilliant day with hundreds of others there. David Beckham was really nice and played games with us and gave us all High-5s.
"But I wanted to meet Ellie Simmonds most because I swim with Swindon Dolphins and Ellie is a fantastic swimmer."
David said: "It was brilliant to meet the children from 2nd Freshbrook Brownies and to see so many young people genuinely inspired to get involved in sport and activity following last summer.
"I’m passionate about inspiring kids to try a new sport and that’s exactly what Active Kids is all about – encouraging kids to try, and hopefully really enjoy, something new."
The 2nd Freshbrook Brownies were one of 34 groups or schools across the country who took part on the day.
This year alone, the Active Kids scheme has delivered over £13 million worth of equipment and experiences to schools, clubs and organisations, an increase of £5 million on the previous year.
Meanwhile, £136 million worth of equipment and experiences has been donated to the scheme since it launched in 2005 and it now has over 52,000 registered organisations across the country.