The Darwen St James CofE Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Darwen, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th June 2021 we successfully raised £20 ( + est. £5.00 Gift Aid ) with 1 supporters in 56 days

To support the mental and physical health of the pupils by hosting an inspirational workshop.

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Darwen, England, United Kingdom

Darwen St James CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Jaydon Paddock. Can you help us make it happen?

The School 

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Darwen St James CofE Primary School is a busy and friendly school, with lots of activities going on. 

All of the children are happy and love going to school, they settle well and always make good friends.  The children are engaged in their learning and use a Growth Mindset approach to enable them to build resilience and to be able to challenge themselves to take risks. 

The curriculum at Darwen St James is taught in discrete lessons, it is broad and balanced enabling the children to learn thoroughly in each subject area.  As much as possible, the children’s interests lead the curriculum and how lessons are taught, especially in EYFS. Their aim is to ensure that all children are ready to access the next stage in their education, but also to spark ambition for a future career and enable them to see a purpose in education.

Who's coming? 

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I began my gymnastics journey at the age of 2 & 1/2 years and was selected into my first development squad at 5 years old. Over the years I had developed a real love for Tumbling so at the age of 7 I chose to specialise in this discipline and from that point I have never looked back. I maintained a 15 hours per week training schedule around school with not much other time to do anything else however, I loved gymnastics so at that age, it was no sacrifice.

I had qualified to compete in my first British Championships at 9 years old and at 10 years old I was selected into the Great Britain squad. I was so proud & went on to competed & medal in my first international competition in Portugal at the age of 11. It was at this early stage that I set my goals on becoming a European Champion & World Champion at Junior level & at Senior level with British Champion titles along the way. Between the ages of 11-16, I maintained my high level of success on both the national & international circuit winning gold medals in World Cups as well as 2 British titles. At 14, I went on to win my first Junior European Team gold & make history by being the first Junior Mens GB team to win the title. This was an epic moment!

The year 2018 was a year to remember for me. Not only did I medal with a bronze in my first Senior British Championship, competing alongside gymnasts that have been & still are my role models but I achieved my first 2 goals; I become the Junior European Champion and the World Champion.

My goals are now to repeat my successes on the Senior international circuit & to continue to be a role model to the younger gymnasts coming through the systems and to further pursue my future and training as a stuntman. It has been an incredible journey with many highs & many lows but the journey has taught me so many life lessons & has moulded me into the young man I am today. One of the main lessons I have learnt is; do not let anyone dictate the person you can become, your success is in your hands. I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me but in the meantime I am just going to continue to ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’!

Who are we?

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Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Darwen St James CofE Primary School and the local community is running a fundraiser to support the school to replenish their budgets hard hit by Covid-19 and the lockdown.

Great news! Sports For Champions UK (CIC) will soon visit your school! Youth are invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspire them as champions of tomorrow.

While we’re not all athletically inclined we strongly encourage participation, because all youth have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! After 10 years of success, we can promise a highly memorable event!

SFC events are held in support of schools, which keep 60% of the funds raised to spend on resources that will enrich young peoples’ education/experience. Professional athletes in need of support are the only other beneficiaries from the remaining 40%. SFC is a government audited organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance. 

During the assembly, SFC athletes show medals and tell their story, hard work, lessons, and insights shared to capture the imagination of all and inspire healthier active lifestyles. Athletes discuss challenges on the road to success, with resilience, nutrition, diet, and dedication forming key topics. Fitness is essential for every young person’s general wellbeing in physical and mental health. It is also proven to be a strong booster of learning potential or brain power. By inspiring children as champions of tomorrow, SFC envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.

Alongside Team SFC, athletes invest in local communities to avail of support with training-related costs (e.g. physio/travel). Most world-class athletes train a rigorous 35hr week and struggle to find reliable work that fits their schedule. This is how the funds we raise enable athletes and your school/club to realise their potential. Many pro athletes are unsponsored, lose support, or cannot find it.

Sports For Champions CIC offers schools the benefit of an added investment on resources/facilities, whilst helping athletes with the funds required to sustain their journey with a contribution towards training and competition fees, medical costs, equipment, and more.  


Darwen St James CofE Primary School is receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Jaydon Paddock on the 16th of June and we need your support!

The pupils will benefit from Physical activity, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.

Why is this important?

Darwen St James CofE Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Jaydon Paddock the pupils and teachers will be given the tools to respond to issues like a pandemic, begin to focus on friendships and social engagement all while improving their physical and mental well being.

Darwen St James CofE Primary School will benefit from the money raised to invest in key front-line services and equipment.

How can you help?

We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Jaydon Paddock and to raise funds for key resources for Darwen St James CofE Primary School.

If you are a local business or a friend of the school and would like to contribute to help us get to our target then please do make a donation and share our project as far as you can.

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