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An Olympic diver has visited a school in Trowbridge to lead sports activities as part of a nationwide project.

Peter Waterfield, who won silver in the Athens Olympics in 2004, paid a visit to John of Gaunt School as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, a six week course for schools across the country.

The school has teamed up with community sport organisation, Active Trowbridge to take part in the programme which aims to improve lesson attendance in the school.

Mr Waterfield, who visits schools across the South West as an Athlete Mentor for the project said: "I have been an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport project for around six years now.

"We do lots of different sporting activities with the children and it really motivates them to keep active and also go to their lessons.

"If they miss a lesson they can't carry on with the project, it's all about improving attendance."

The Sky Sports Living for Sports project focuses on six keys to success which Athlete Mentors base all their activities around. These are

mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

The group of 12 year nine boys taking part in the project say it is really helping them to develop essential skills for life as well as just sport.

Mark Brimson, 14, said: "We feel really privileged to have Peter come to our school, and we are doing lots of sports activities which we haven't done before.

"It's really fun, and educational. I want to work towards being a professional footballer when I leave school."

Toby Parker, 14, who also wants to go into the sports profession after finishing school said: "It has been very fun being a part of this project and doing all these activities."

Active Trowbridge are also taking an active role in the project, by providing the boys with after school football sessions every Monday, where they are able to but the skills they have learned with Mr Waterfield into practise.

Adam Casserly, leisure activity supervisor at Active Trowbridge said: "We often work closely with John of Gaunt school and others in the area.

"In this after school football club the boys are working towards leading a demonstration session with year six pupils from St John's school at the end of the project.

"They are all looking forward to this."

The Sky Sports Living for Sports project focuses on six keys to success which Athlete Mentors base all their activities around. These are

mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.