AN Olympic silver medalist paid a visit to a Chester school to help youngsters learn about the benefits of fresh and healthy food.

Gemma Gibbons Burton visited the children of The Arches Community Primary School as part of Aldi’s partnership with Team GB, following Aldi’s recent store opening on Parkgate Road.

The Team GB Judoka delivered an inspirational assembly addressing the benefits of eating healthy food and exercising.

Gemma talked to the pupils about her experience of the Olympics and took them through her challenging training regime. The children also got the chance to hold Gemma’s impressive medal.

The Olympian presented a donation of fresh fruit and snacks to the school, courtesy of the new Aldi store.

This comes as part of Aldi’s partnership with Team GB and their initiative, Get Set to Eat Fresh, which hopes to inspire 1.2 million school children aged five to 14, learn more about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food with their families.

Gemma said: “I’ve had a fantastic time with the children, they are an absolute delight. It was great to talk to them about the importance of eating healthily and how it can be fun to prepare your own meals!

"Hopefully I’ve also managed to inspire the pupils to keep active and try different sports.”

Store manager Adam Raby said: “Since opening the Parkgate Road store in June, we’ve had a really successful few weeks. It’s been great to meet more of our new customers and share our everyday amazing products with them.

"I’m also thrilled that we’ve been able to support local primary school, The Arches, through our partnership with Team GB.”