Jessica Ennis-Hill urges children to use sport to make maths fun

The former heptathlete returned to her old high school in Sheffield to discuss the importance of numbers in later life, meeting with her former maths and PE teachers along with current pupils. The Independent reports.

The visit comes after research by Santander UK revealed 43 per cent of people in Britain wish they had concentrated more on maths when they were at school.

Ms Ennis-Hill, who joins England cricket captain Joe Root and former world boxing champion Paul Jones among King Ecgbert School’s notable alumni, said integrating sport and numeracy is one of the best ways to stimulate schoolchildren and get them thinking about numbers in a completely different way.

The Santander UK ambassador journeyed back to her old school as part of The Numbers Game, an educational football-themed roadshow which aims to raise awareness on the importance of numeracy and the crucial role numbers play in our lives.

Maths teacher Christine Stott said: “It was great to see our year sevens so excited about doing the numeracy challenges because they were directly linked to UEFA Champions League football.

“It’s a very powerful way to engage the pupils with maths outside the conventional classroom”.

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