The Hareleeshill Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

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

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom


Hareleeshill Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Commonwealth Games Finalist David Smith. David 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!

Who's Coming?


How I started

I began my journey in athletics in Primary school. I used to be faster than everyone on the playground, and I took note of this. In PE, I used to love athletics, and that would shine through on sports days! I begged my parents to take me to a local athletics club that they had told me about. I started training there after school, and that’s where my love for athletes started! I even still train there to this day!

My greatest achievement

My greatest achievement is almost definitely reaching the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This was a massive job as I had broken a Metatarsal with just a year to go until the games began. I had to nurse my broken bone back to full health. After that, I had around six months to prepare for the games. I had to undergo physio to run on my foot, and after that three month rest period, I had to train hard and compete even harder. Thankfully I managed to land myself on Team GB.

My greatest challenge

My greatest challenge led to my greatest achievement! Recovering from a broken Metatarsal just a year before the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games is a difficult job as it renders one of your feet almost unusable as you have to work through the pain. It took six months for the bone to repair to the point of being able to train again. After that, I had just six months to train easy and compete hard. I built up my strength over a three month period and began competing to gain my position on the team. Thankfully, I managed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games!

My hobbies

My hobbies include watching sports, going to the cinema and socialising with friends and family. I love sports! I have enjoyed watching football and rugby since I was a child. I also love films and going to the cinema! My personal favourite thing to do is socialise. Training takes so much time out of my days that I rarely get time to see my family and friends, so it’s these moments that I savour.

My future goals

My future goals include reaching the World Championships next year along with the European Championships and Commonwealth Games! I am looking to better myself in every aspect as I search for more medals in the future!

Who are Sports For Champions?

Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Hareleeshill 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! 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 young people developing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded participants in society.

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.

Hareleeshill Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Commonwealth Games Finalist David Smith on the 24th of November 2023 and we need your support!

The pupils will benefit from physical activity through our fitness circuit, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.

Where does the money go?

When parents and guardians offer their support to a Sports for Champions UK (CIC) fundraising event, they are nurturing not only their children's immediate environments but also the bright futures of many rising athletes. Here is a breakdown of how your contributions make a significant difference:

For each fundraising event Sports For Champions looks to raise enough money to cover the costs that it takes to provide such an excellent service nationally. Once that goal is reached, surplus funds are allocated in a way that benefits both the school and our passionate athletes – 60% for the school’s continued growth and 40% contributing to the athlete fund.

At the core of the Sports For Champions UK (CIC) initiative is the Athlete Fund. Primarily, the fund aids schools in less economically privileged areas that might struggle with costs, ensuring that the administrative fee isn’t a barrier to vital opportunities. Additionally, it assists our dedicated athletes in moments of pressing need, whether it’s recovering from injuries, procuring advanced equipment, or embarking on warm-weather training camps. Our fundamental belief remains unwavering: no school should be compromised for its economic stance, and every promising athlete deserves a fair shot at excellence. Our commitment ensures no child or school is left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.

Challenges Athletes Face: Our partnering pro athletes and Team GB Olympians have a world of responsibilities on their shoulders. They juggle between a rigorous training schedule that demands over 35 hours a week and their personal commitments. This often leaves them with limited time and resources to focus on their careers, leading to financial constraints. Expenses for equipment, training, coaching, travel, and more pile up, making it a challenge for these athletes to perform at their best and represent Great Britain.

Why is this important?

Hareleeshill Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from David Smith, this will be enhanced across all year groups and staff, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

Hareleeshill Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide new equipment, fund opportunities for the children, and more.

How can you help?

We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Commonwealth Games Finalist David Smith and to raise funds for key resources for Hareleeshill 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.

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