SLIDESHOW: Pupils get to grips with martial arts

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ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters had a fantastic time getting a flavour of an oriental martial arts sport.

The youngsters from Brougham Primary School in Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, were paid a visit by instructors from Destination @ British Judo.

LEARNING ABOUT SPORT: Judo instructor Ian Hepple from Destination @ British Judo with Brougham Primary school pupils.

LEARNING ABOUT SPORT: Judo instructor Ian Hepple from Destination @ British Judo with Brougham Primary school pupils.

Boys and girls, aged from five to 11 spent time with the martial arts experts learning the sport of judo and its techniques over the course of three days.

PE co-ordinator Kirsty Mussard said: “We have a partnership with Dyke House because we are one of their feeder schools.

“Dyke House had made contact with Destination @ British judo and asked if we would like the children to experience something a bit different.

“As a PE co-ordinator I think it’s great to get the children to try different sports due to the Olympic legacy and also to improve their confidence.”

Brougham Primary school pupils, Owen Richards (left) and Callum Buttery

Brougham Primary school pupils, Owen Richards (left) and Callum Buttery

She added: “The kids absolutely loved it. It was very exciting for them.”

The pupils were shown the ropes through a variety of games, with them initially not realising it was judo moves that they were carrying out.

Miss Mussard said: “They learned different types of judo holds without even knowing it, and the instructor partnered the children with people they would not normally be partnered with to improve their confidence.

“It’s quite a disciplined sport and they thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Rhian Roe (left) and Carmen Keers

Rhian Roe (left) and Carmen Keers