Knowles Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Leon Baptiste. Can you help us make it happen?
Knowles Primary School have a dedicated, hard working and friendly team who put children at the heart of every decision they make to ensure they are happy, safe, confident and that the opportunities that are provided for them are relevant to their needs both now and in the future.
The school aims to create a happy, caring, safe environment in which children develop self-confidence and independence; are encouraged to be considerate and show respect for others. Knowles children are encouraged to work hard; have a positive attitude to learning and become confident in their own ability. They are continuously seeking excellence for all children.
I began my career in football but sustained a knee injury at the age of 14 that forced me to look for another sport to become passionate about. When I was 15 my mother took me to my local athletics club trials where I instantly got a buzz for the track and felt like I could really achieve again. I quickly progressed and began representing my county team and within a few years I was representing at an international level. I won two Gold medals at the 2003 European Junior Championships and was subsequently named Junior Male Athlete of the Year by the British Athletics Writer Association.
Unfortunately, in 2004 my knee injury reoccurred, requiring surgery and 5 months out of training. I took a blow in my returning year in 2005 as i suffered from poor performance due to my injury. I lost my sponsorships and my confidence took a massive knock. Although, I know that it is extremely important to have resilience and I kept on fighting for my goals.
My hard work and efforts saw me into winning the gold in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, claiming England’s first Commonwealth sprint gold since 1998.
In 2014 I officially announced my retirement from competitive athletics and decided to put all my focus into a coaching career. My story proves that you can achieve anything as long as you work hard and take it one day at a time. Since retiring, I have developed a new passion for boxing which I train for 3-4 times a week!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Knowles Primary School and the local community are running a fundraiser to help support the mental and physical health of the pupils after the national lockdowns.
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.
Knowles Primary School is receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Leon Baptiste on the 14th of May 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?
Knowles Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdowns and with the help of a visit from Leon Baptiste 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.
Knowles 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 Leon Baptiste and to raise funds for key resources for Knowles 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.