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July 25, 2016 / mintcustard

Challenging and changing habits with Weetabix #SportingStarts. A great idea for the school holidays.

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Zara, with Denise Lewis and Ian Grant.

There are times when my girls are unhappy that I blog (“Does the world need to know what we had for dinner Mum?”) and there are times they are only too willing to help out. The chance to take part in a Weetabix #SportingStarts coaching session with Denise Lewis and coach Ian Grant was an opportunity my elder daughter jumped at. As 2016 promises us a summer of sport, now is the chance to take up a new challenge perhaps.

Throughout July and August, the nation’s leading breakfast cereal Weetabix are running a ‘Summer of Sport’ Campaign and every pack purchased gives you the chance to receive a free or 2-4-1 Sports session plus the chance to win a money can’t buy prize. Top rewards consist of sporting experiences with athletes, including Denise Lewis herself, and other rewards such as team kits and biking sets.The intention of the activity is to inspire Brits throughout the summer and aim to help us rise from the sofa and undertake a new sport. The theme behind this is not restrictive – it doesn’t have to cost the earth, it doesn’t have to wear you out and it doesn’t have to take up all of your time. All you have to do is start something new, with the aid of Weetabix!

So on a (rare) but sunny day at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London, with the help of coach Ian Grant, Denise Lewis OBE was on hand to giver her tips, advice and insider knowledge in everything Heptathlon – inspiring the nation to get up and get active. My daughter Zara, who enjoys any and every sport, had an amazing time discussing athletics and also cricket with Denise. As part of the #SportingStarts campaign Weetabix challenged Denise to take up a new sport. Cricket.

My daughter went along to the coaching session and spent a fantastic morning trying out the different events that make up a Heptathlon.  She felt that she learned so much from the time she spent at Lee Valley Stadium. Now I need to get my trainers out of the cupboard and change a habit or two of my own.

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With the school holidays just around the corner and parents always in need of some  entertainment inspiration; it’s the perfect time to pick up a pack of Weetabix, grab your free sports session and start something new!

Denise commented; “What I think is important for most children is that when we first go into an environment like that is that they’re having fun.”

Which sport would you take up? I rediscovered a love for rounders this summer. Beware next year everyone, I WILL have been practicing!

I was not paid to write this blog post, my daughter spent a morning being coached as part of the Weetabix #SportingStarts campaign.

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