PUPILS at a school in Radcliffe were treated to a session from one of the country’s most successful gymnasts.

Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle MBE visited Millwood Primary Special School as she continues her bid to make gymnastics a mainstay on school curriculum’s in the UK.

Her dedicated company, Total Gymnastics, aims to do just this through providing partnerships with schools and leisure centres.

It's aim is to provide programmes that give teachers valuable experience of working with a qualified coach and pupils the opportunity to receive high level coaching at the same time.

Katy Neild, teacher at the school, said: “Beth was a natural with the children she met.

“She addressed each child at their level and took time to listen to their questions.

“All the children felt at ease and it was a really enjoyable session for all our pupils."

On the visit, Beth met with staff to discuss the programme and then offered pupils the chance to try it out.

Children were taught a spectrum of skills including rolling, jumping, balancing and travelling as well as improving their strength and flexibility and working with, and on, different apparatus.

Helen Chadwick, headteacher at Millwood, said: "We were honoured to have Beth in school.

“She was amazing with the children and showed them her Olympic medal.

“She is simply an inspirational ambassador for gymnastics and sport."

In 2010, Beth was awarded an MBE for her success, commitment and dedication to the sport of gymnastics.

She represented Great Britain in three Olympic Games, winning her bronze medal on the uneven bars at London 2012.

For more information about Total Gymnastics contact 0161 763 2581 or via e-mail at chris.pearce@totalgymnastics.co.uk

The programme is available for school years Reception through to Year 6, at times suitable for each school.