SCHOOLCHILDREN got the chance to be coached by an Olympic athlete yesterday.

That’s after Scottish high jumper, David Smith, visited Cockfield Primary School, in Teesdale, as part of an initiate to inspire the new generation of sportsmen and women.

The pupils raised nearly £800 with a sponsored circuit training event through Sports for Champions - a Community Interest Company which helps fund athletes while they train.

More than 100 children took part from nursery to Year 6 pupils and all got the chance to meet and train with Smith.

From their fundraising, the school also got to keep £224 of the funds raised, which will be spent on activities.

Smith, whose record jump is 2.26m or 7ft 5in, said he was impressed by the children and really enjoyed spending the day inspiring them.

He also held a special assembly talking about being an athlete and his achievements.

The school’s PE coordinator and Year 5 and 6 teacher, Emma Woods, said the children had been preparing for the visit and were really excited to be coached by Smith.

She also thanked all the families and friends who had sponsored the children to make the visit possible.