The ARK Dickens Primary Fundraiser

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

We did it
On 8th July 2021 we successfully raised £155 ( + est. £11.25 Gift Aid ) with 5 supporters in 35 days

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

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

ARK Dickens Primary Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Luke Lennon Ford. Can you help us make it happen?

The School


ARK Dickens Primary Academy is a school where pupils strive for excellence in all that they do be that in the classroom or on the games field. In addition to their academic pursuits they have a strong focus on the sports and adventure training and this permeates their curriculum for all age groups. It is their belief that success comes from perseverance and resilience and these are skills that they equip their pupils with through their far reaching curriculum, outdoor adventure training and survival/resilience skills workshops. These experiences shape their children as they move through the school, building their confidence and giving them independence to tackle the journey of the life that awaits them beyond their doors.

They are an academy that prides itself on equality. Equality for all and as such all their adventure training and unique learning experiences are fully funded.

Their vision is to provide every pupil with the opportunity to go on to university or pursue the career of their choice.

Their motto is learning for life, aiming for excellence.

 Their values

  • Challenge: aiming high
  • Effort: working hard
  • Resilience: never giving up
  • Respect: working well with others

 Their values will be communicated and reinforced by:

  • Modelling (staff, parents, children)
  • Challenging  (if it’s not challenged, it's condoned)
  • Valuing (assemblies; certificates; rewards)
  • Agreeing (home-school agreement)
  • Displaying (classrooms; entrance; corridors)
  • Training (consistent whole-school culture)



I am from Birmingham and am currently coached by Linford Christie at Brunel University. I train seven days a week for between three to four hours a day. I started athletics at about age twelve and started training twice a week with a distance running group until I saw the sprinters. I joined a sprint group and from there I went to training six days a week three to four hours a day! It took me almost eight years to make my first international team (European under 23s 2009).

In 2010 I made my first senior international, the World Indoor Championships in Doha and after this I decided to make a big move from Birmingham to London to train with Linford. This is where I really started to perform. In 2011 I won gold and silver at the European Under23s. In 2012 I became an Olympian, a childhood dream come true, and in 2014 myself and the person running 4x400m came second in the world to win silver in the World Indoor Championships in Poland!!!

However, in 2013 I sustained a stress fracture in my back (L5), which I returned from but in 2014 I pulled both my hamstrings, then again in 2015-2016. I made a full recovery in 2017 but I was starting from scratch. 2018 started so well but I pulled my adductor early in the season. Now I am healthy, wiser and looking forward to what the future holds! My aims for the coming season are to compete at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow 2019 and the World Outdoor Championships in Doha 2019 where it all started.

Who are we?

1602677250_1602677250485.pngSports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with ARK Dickens Primary Academy 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.  

ARK Dickens Primary Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Luke Lennon Ford on the 7th July 2021 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?

ARK Dickens Primary Academy need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdowns and with the help of a visit from Luke Lennon Ford where 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.

ARK Dickens Primary Academy 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 Luke Lennon Ford and to raise funds for key resources for ARK Dickens Primary Academy 

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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