THE King of Pop is inspiring Castleford’s youngsters to move their feet thanks to a series of energetic exercise classes.
Clayton Flower’s Sport to the Beat targets childhood obesity and fitness levels by using Michael Jackson tracks as a reason to get dancing.
Pupils at Park Junior School were the latest students to take part in the fast tempo workshops which combine dancing with sports such as boxing, golf, tennis and football.
The classes, led by Mr Flower, culminate in a high-energy, funky dance routine to Jackson’s famous number, Beat It.
Kathy Levey, headteacher, said: “It was great fun, the children thought it was fantastic and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was lots of smiley faces and sheer enjoyment.
“The sessions were very different in the sense that they were combining very loud music to activities.
“It was such a positive experience and it’s a great way to keep fit and encourage people to take part.
“Sport to the Beat came in for two days and worked with every pupil and also we’re doing an after-school club with them and a lot of children have signed up. It’s been very successful.”
Mr Flower launched Sport to The Beat with his sister Sadie, who won TV show Strictly Dance Fever and runs the Sadie Flower School of Dance.
The sessions are paid for by a memorial fund set up by the family of Richard Tennant, who died in 2008 aged 24 from serious head injuries.
Mr Flower said: “The children were all really well behaved and loved it. It was another success, the children feed off the energy we give off – that’s our aim really, we give it all we’ve got and they give it back.”
The dancing duo hope to launch Sport to the Beat sessions in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police to introduce the scheme to more schools across the district.
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