Preparations for the World Cup have kicked-off early in Leyland and Chorley with a new ‘Dance from the Heart’ campaign.
More than 5,000 children from 36 schools across the area are learning a routine to the official World Cup anthem, which will be performed during a roadshow to coincide with the start of the tournament in June.
The scheme is being run by South Ribble Council, and each school has also been given a different country to learn about and a football to decorate in that theme.
Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble’s cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “We first launched the dance project to coincide with the Olympics and it was so popular that we repeated it last year in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation.
“It’s a fantastic way of introducing children to dance, getting them involved in sport and encouraging healthy lifestyles and exercise while they have lots of fun.”
Children met at Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland for a practice session with the council’s specialist dance coaches, and weekly sessions will also be held for 10 pupils from each school to learn the routine.
They will then go back and teach it to their fellow classmates during assembly and after-school clubs, ready for the start of the roadshow.