Brookland Junior School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Chris Gregory. Chris Gregory needs your help to raise funds for vital training, medical and competition costs. This money will also help your school and other athletes across the country, find out more below!
Brookland Junior School is a welcoming and nurturing school where the children are at the heart of everything that they do. Brookland are a school passionate about children’s education.
They are an inclusive school with staff that care passionately about the children they teach, and a school where all stakeholders are passionate about the children achieving in whatever they want to do.
Brookland Junior School are proud of their broad and balanced curriculum and the school values that help them to be the Brookland Best: 'Be Kind' 'Be Respectful' and 'Be the Best you can be'
HOW I STARTED
I started Beach Volleyball in 2008 when Team GB began a nationwide search for new athletes in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games. A UK Sport talent identification program called ‘Sporting Giants’ began when I was 18 in my final year of school. I tried beach volleyball for the first time through the Sporting Giants trials and was 1 of 4000 initial applicants selected to join the Team GB development program at the University of Bath
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
Representing and competing for Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was a career highlight. 8 international medals and 5 times British Champion.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge was traversing different injuries and undergoing heart surgery. I have had a lot of run-ins with injuries throughout my career, for instance, I have dislocated my elbow and suffered a broken ankle. After dislocating my elbow I was told I would never be able to play again as my arm wouldn’t be able to extend properly in order to pass the ball to teammates. The recovery was extremely long as I spent six weeks in a cast, and then a further six weeks in rehabilitation.
Outside of Beach Volleyball, I love coaching and teaching Beach Volleyball, travelling, and I have recently begun playing Pickleball!
MY FUTURE GOALS
In the future, I am looking forward to starting my own Pickleball club as I continue coaching beach volleyball and travelling the world. I am also looking to start my own business too!
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Brookland Junior 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! Your young people have been invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspiring them to be the champions of tomorrow.
While we’re not all athletically inclined we strongly encourage participation, all young people have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! After 12 years of success we have perfected our inspirational events and they are guaranteed to deliver for your school and pupils!
Sports For Champions 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%. Sports For Champions is an audited organisation that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Meaning you can support the initiative with assurance.
What will happen on the day?
During the assembly, Sports For Champions 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, Sports For Champions envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
Alongside Team Sports For Champions, athletes engage in invaluable work within local communities to support their 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 offers schools the benefit of an additional funds to go towards 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.
Brookland Junior School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Chris Gregory on the 14th of November 2022 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?
Brookland Junior School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Chris Gregory, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Brookland Junior School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide in new equipment and fund opportunities for the children in afterschool clubs.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Chris Gregory and to raise funds for key resources for Brookland Junior 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.