This term the school has launched the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme with world-class athlete, Jenny Wallwork – the former British and European badminton champion.
The programme is founded on the belief that sport has the power to transform young people’s lives, and aims to help them build practical skills and self-confidence. It is delivered through a partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and links schools with a dedicated professional athlete who visits the school to work closely with the teachers to support the scheme.
Jenny Wallwork has competed on the Professional Badminton World Circuit for more than 10 years, reaching number five in the World Rankings and winning 42 senior international caps, and so was an ideal choice as athlete mentor and role model for the girls.
She was not only well positioned to talk about the challenges particularly faced by professional female athletes, but how sport can help build resilience and personal qualities that are key for future success.
Jenny worked closely with a group of dedicated sports ambassadors – selected senior girls who work with the PE staff to help run a range of sports clubs in the primary phase and encourage the younger pupils to participate in sport.
She ran a number of workshops which covered the Six Keys to Success – the top six life-skills athletes have identified as enabling them to achieve success in sport, supported by various activities focusing on team building, communication, leadership and building confidence, to help reinforce the key messages covered.
Following on from the visit, the sports ambassadors will now build on what they have learned from the programme and help launch the “Better for Basketball” project. Led by Miss Clayden, a former England player and current member of the Manchester Mystics Basketball Team, the sports ambassadors will learn the intricacies of the game, the rules, tactics, training techniques and even how to set up a basketball competition in the future.
‘We are delighted to have been part of this programme and are extremely grateful to Jenny for her contribution,’ said Miss Johnson, Head of PE.
‘This is an excellent initiative that helps pupils to not only improve their physical fitness, but helps them develop key social skills that will prove invaluable in the future’.
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