Darwen St James CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with UK & European Champion James Hull. Can you help us make it happen?
Darwen St James CofE Primary School are a Church of England primary academy. Being an academy means that they joined a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), the trust is called Cidari. Being a CofE academy, means that their Vision and Mission statements are at the forefront of everything that they do here, they are not just words they live them out every day.
Darwen St James CofE Primary School are a one form entry academy and they intake starts with 2yr olds all the way up to 11 year olds. The staff team are friendly and welcoming, they have an open door policy so that parents can speak to staff as and when needed.
All children are happy and love coming 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.
HOW I STARTED
I was always a fan of extreme sports, before picking up a scooter for the first time, I enjoyed downhill mountain biking as my dad was an avid mountain biking fan. I started riding a scooter at the age of nine. It was when I watched a video on YouTube of someone doing a backflip on a scooter and I thought “wow, that was really cool”. I then ran downstairs and I asked my mum if I could get a scooter as it was my birthday the next week, she said yes. Within six months I landed my first backflip and 11 years later I’m the UK champion and can even land a triple backflip! When I started I knew this would be a long, hard road to be the best and here I am 11 years later still progressing and wanting to be world champion.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
One of my greatest achievements is becoming a European and UK champion in the same year. Becoming the best in the UK has always been a dream of mine. Furthermore, becoming the European champion just topped it all off. The feeling of winning and hearing your name being called out is awe-inspiring. It took blood sweat and tears to get to where I am today, but pushing past all of that and getting up in the morning determined to become better each day will help you not just in your sport but in life.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge was landing the first triple backflip to wood, this was honestly the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I could perform it into a foam pit and land it very easily, but the thought of sending it on a ramp didn’t seem possible in my head. Until one day when I woke up after having a dream of me posting to my Instagram saying I’d just landed the best trick in the world, and I knew from that morning it would be possible.
So I went down to Adrenaline Alley in Corby and looked at the biggest ramp in the park and I knew I could do it. The point of me realising that it was possible made me feel like jelly with nerves and my heart started racing. So I went to the foam pit, practised a few and at that point, I knew it was time. I had a few run-ups to it and then I tried my first one, I didn’t spin quick enough and hit my head quite harshly, but I had so much adrenaline I didn’t feel it at all! After spraining my ankle around three weeks before this, I was in quite a lot of pain, but I pushed through and used the adrenaline to my advantage. So I went back to the top of the ramp dropped in, pulled the triple but landed badly on my ankle and the pain was too much.
I only had two attempts at it that day but I knew I had to come back for more. So the next week I went back down to the skatepark, ankles feeling better and determined to land the triple backflip. So, I practised a few to foam and I knew this was it, it’s time. Going back to the ramp that I knew defeated me last time brought back all the nerves but seeing all my friends cheering and giving me confidence made me know today is the day. On the first attempt I over flipped it, the second attempt I landed it and slipped out. My heart was racing, I knew I could do it. On the third attempt, I landed and fell over. On the fourth attempt, I landed it and slipped out. Then it all came down to the fifth attempt; I dropped in, pulled as hard as I could and before I knew it I landed the triple backflip and rode away. That was the best feeling of my life! I had no words, I just started screaming and everyone jumped on me. That is one of the best moments of my life.
Another hobby I have outside of scootering is downhill mountain biking. I love going to Revolution Bike Park in Wales, riding all the jumps and having fun with all my mates while doing it. My favourite foods have to be salt and pepper chicken and salt and pepper chips, they are great as a treat! Also, homemade bacon and egg on toast, as I say, it’s heavy.
MY FUTURE GOALS
My future goal in my sport it’s to become the world number one. Ever since winning the UK and EU championships the main goal now is the world finals. Standing on top of that podium with the world champion medal must be the best feeling, and this year that’s what I want. Furthermore, I would love to compete in the Olympics. I know a lot of organisations are pushing for scootering to be in the Olympics, and I am doing my part on social media and in. Schools to grow the sport, so when that does come to life, be sure to be watching. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to hold an Olympic gold medal, that is my ultimate goal.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Darwen St James CofE 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!
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 organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance.
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 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 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 will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned UK & European Champion Jamie Hull on the 15th of June 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?
Darwen St James CofE Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Jamie Hull, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Darwen St James CofE Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to invest 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 UK & European Champion Jamie Hull 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.