AN international long jumper may have inspired Holbrook Primary pupils to follow in his steps after he officially opened the school’s new long jump sandpit on Monday.

Former Team GB long jumper Ezekiel Ewulo paid pupils at the Trowbridge School a visit, telling them about his career, answering their questions, and putting them through their paces with some exercises, before cutting the ribbon on the long jump sand pit at around midday.

Before the Nigerian athlete did the honours, Year 6 pupil Angelika West, was given a chance to try out the pit for herself, where she recorded a distance of 3.20cm, which impressed Mr Ewulo.

“I really enjoy coming out to schools and getting them excited about this great event. I never had something like this when I was at school so I hope this can inspire others to take up the sport,” he said.

“I like the idea behind this to get the children to try and better themselves, it is a good incentive. The pupils were really enthusiastic and interested in what I had to say.

“We had Year 6 all the way down to reception taking part in different exercises for one minute each which was fun. The pit looks great, it is definitely a good idea.

“Angelika did a really good jump. I think if she practices more, she could be a good talent for sure.”

Angelika, 11, added: “I thought I did quite well at the jump considering I had never done it before really. I was quite surprised that I was asked to do it but it was a lot of fun.

“Talking to Ezekiel makes me want to improve at my distance. I think I will do it again for sure.”

Headteacher Roger Whitewick was full of praise for the 31-year-old for coming to officially unveil the £8,000, five-metre long pit, which he hopes will be a popular addition to the school.

“It was brilliant to have him meet the children and all of us for this special occasion. Having an international athlete do this is quite the treat,” he said.

“I wanted us to do this because it gives children a chance to build on something. They can give it a go, register their distance and try to beat it over the course of the year.

“Unfortunately Ezekiel could not jump for us as the pit is five metres long and he jumps close to eight metres, so would have cleared the pit easily. Who knows, we could unearth some talented long jumpers.”