Team Mintridge could not think of a better way to launch our amazing BollyRun Programme than to visit the Bobby Moore Academy with our Olympic Bronze medallist and Athletics Ambassador Marilyn Okoro and Ambur from BollyWood Vibes.
Our day at Bobby Moore Academy was full of surprises and anticipation as we set out to launch the first of our BollyRun programmes. The students had completed a short questionnaire before our visit but had very little idea of what to expect from the Programme.
Our day began with the Year 7 and Year 8 groups from the school, who were welcomed to the room by Marilyn and Ambur. They got to listen to an inspirational presentation about their own sporting journeys and connections to sport, as well as hearing all about the benefits of sport, physical activity and dance. The BollyRun Programme has been designed to help break down barriers and encourage students to take part in sport and physical activity, through fusing two concepts together. The students were excited to learn that they would be part of a Bollywood dance session, that would be followed by a run on the track with Marilyn.
The fun and activity soon began, as Ambur delivered a fun Bollywood inspired warm up to get the students involved and feeling more comfortable with each other. Marilyn joined the group in their warmup as they learned some key Bollywood moves and started moving to the music. As the group grew in confidence they were encouraged to try and move themselves around the room and follow the steps from our expert Bollywood dancer. As the room filled with elation and excitement, Marilyn then took over and guided the group through a warmup and running focussed activity. We headed downstairs to the fantastic community track that backed onto the Olympic Park, to take part in the running sections of our BollyRun Programme, a perfect setting for the start of a run!
It was so great to see so many of the students feeling empowered and powering through their own personal challenges on their way around the track. The other students within the group celebrated and supported everyone making it to the end of the run. At the end of the sessions the students received signed autograph cards from Marilyn and bhindis from Ambur, that they could take away with them for the sessions they would continue to have over the coming weeks.
Marilyn and Ambur presented numerous awards throughout the day to those students who has persevered and worked hard in the sessions. There were so many smiling faces leaving the session that we hope the euphoria would continue over the coming weeks.
The group would continue to take part in the BollyRun Programme, after Team Mintridge had left our day at Bobby Moore Academy as they received a further 5 weeks of Bollwood Dance lessons, where they would learn new routines and have lots of fun before heading out for a run and developing their own running group, which would be delivered by the leaders within the group.
At the end of the day, Marilyn met up with her two new mentees, that she selected from the two groups within the day. These two mentees would be the young leaders for the BollyRun group and would continue to make sure the students within their school are getting involved in the BollyRun group and opening their minds to new forms of physical activity. They will be supported and mentored by Marilyn, every step of the way.
We are very grateful to the staff and students at the Bobby Moore Academy, for welcoming us to the school for our first BollyRun Programme. Thank you to the amazing Ambur and the team at Bollywood Vibes for joining us for the Programme. We are also very grateful to Nike, Gurls Talk and Women Win for supporting the creation of this Programme, as part of the Made to Play Fund, that endeavours to help get all young people get active.
If you would like to see the photos from our day, please contact the staff at Bobby Moore Academy.
You can see the video from our day at our YouTube channel, via this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_fwpAyLM0c
We look forward to delivering many more BollyRun Programmes and working with the Bobby Moore Academy again soon.