Henllys CiW Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Jamaican Open Badminton Champion Jordan Hart. Jordan 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!
Henllys CiW Primary School is an Anglican Voluntary Aided School, one of only six that serves the Diocese of Monmouth. It is a beautifully designed and well equipped school, with spacious play areas and games field.
As a church school, they take pride in their association with churches within the Ministry Area of Cwmbran and Pontnewydd. The clergy are regular visitors to the school and take an active interest in the fostering of good relationships between school, home and church.
The school also receives welcome visits from representatives of the Diocese of Monmouth.
HOW I STARTED
When I was younger my dad was extremely sporty and he wanted me to get into as many sports as he did! One day he told me we were going to try Badminton, and I loved it! After beginning to play Badminton I kept on developing and becoming more in tune with the way I play until I reached local competitions! Upon entering a lot of the local competitions, I was younger than many of the other competitors, so I had to get myself up to speed very quickly to catch up with them as their bodies had developed more than mine, meaning they were stronger, faster and had more stamina. I quickly caught up and began winning competitions throughout my local area.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is winning the Jamaican open, this was the first open I won and the feeling of when the final match ended was amazing! I felt pure joy, excitement, and exhaustion but I was mostly relieved as the climb to the final was suspenseful and intense. That night my coach and I went for dinner at Usain Bolt’s restaurant before getting an early night as we were flying to Cuba the next day to compete in the Cuban Open!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
The greatest challenge I have faced is injury, specifically when I fractured my ankle and tore a ligament. This was a massive change for me as it wasn’t going to be a quick recovery, and at the age of 17, this is an extremely defining time for young athletes as they may be transitioning from junior to senior events, so as you can imagine, this was a painful injury to endure, not just physically. It took away a lot of time that I would have otherwise used to compete and train. Aside from the main recovery aspect, when you get back to the court you have also lost the edge having sustained such an injury, you don’t want to play as hard as you would have before, and as an attacking style player, my intensity in play is what gives me the edge over my opponents so not being able to have that full intensity is a massive burden for me.
My hobbies include walking my dogs (especially on the beach), spending time at home with family, binging a great TV series, and finding brunch spots. I also love a good crossword! I also cook a great roast and love my coffee.
MY FUTURE GOALS
In the future, I am looking forward to continuing to compete at the highest level of Badminton and win more titles along with inspiring the next generation of youth to achieve whatever dream they set their mind to. I’d also like to complete a crossword puzzle without cheating!
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Henllys CiW 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 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.
Henllys CiW Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Jamaican Open Badminton Champion Jordan Hart on the 18th of July 2023 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?
Henllys CiW Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Jordan Hart this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Henllys CiW Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide 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 Jamaican Open Badminton Champion Jordan Hart and to raise funds for key resources for Henllys CiW 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.