The Blackpool Gateway Academy Fundraiser

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

We did it
On 15th October 2021 we successfully raised £20 with 1 supporters in 49 days

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

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

Blackpool Gateway Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Beverley Jones. Can you help us make it happen?

The School 


Blackpool Gateway Academy is tucked away near to Blackpool Football Club and is packed full of life and learning. They are part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) and their motto, developed by the School Council is ‘Learning today for a brighter tomorrow’ and that is precisely what we aim to do.

Reading is the school's greatest priority; it opens the gates to all other learning and they are all passionate believers in the ReadWriteInc phonics scheme and learning which has shown to work so well for their children. 

Also Blackpool Gateway Academy's passion is nurture, not just for the children but for all member's of staff, they are on a journey with Nurture UK, developing empathy and understanding for children’s needs beyond those of an academic nature. Their training and active practice for all staff and children is well underway and, of course, in Covid times, everyone’s wellbeing is of paramount importance.
Gateway Academy continues to grow and evolve. They believe the unique priorities for their school development should centre around ‘possibility, growth and community’ and that this focus will help support all of their children.  

Their 6 main Values are;







Who's coming? 


I was born in Queensferry, Flintshire in North Wales. I have Cerebral Palsy and first began playing cricket for Wales, I was even in the team that beat England at Lords in 1996. In 2000 I was selected for the Great Britain Team at the Summer Paralympics, competing in the T38 sprint.

I’ve competed in a number of sports, starting with cricket and then moving onto sprinting. I then represented the Great Britain Paralympics Team in Athens at the Summer Games and then represented them again in Beijing in 2008. I then began concentrate on throwing events, mainly shot putt and discus. I qualified for both events in China finishing 5th and setting my new personal best of 10.35m.

I then went on to represent at the IPC Athletics Championships in New Zealand. I then threw a record throw in discus of 30.62m, yet was unable to beat Na Mi of China, so finished in 2nd place, taking the silver medal.

I then attended my fourth Olympic games in 2012, again representing Great Britain where I took home a bronze medal for a throw of 30.99m. I then went to the Paralympic Games in Rio where I placed fifth overall, with a throw of 28.53m.

I am now in training to represent again in Tokyo this summer. Any free time that I get is spent at the cinema and I love to read. I also enjoy classical music

Who are we?


 Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Blackpool Gateway 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.  

Blackpool Gateway Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Beverley Jones on the 15th of October 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?

Blackpool Gateway Academy need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Beverley Jones 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.

Blackpool Gateway 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 Beverley Jones and to raise funds for key resources for Blackpool Gateway 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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