Hurlford Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Nikki Manson. Can you help us make it happen?
At Hurlford Primary School, Their vision is to ‘work together to create a safe, happy and healthy school environment, where everyone has the confidence, motivation and encouragement to be the best they can be.’
As a school, they seek to put the following values into action in all that they do promoting ambition and commitment, recognising achievement, valuing truth, respect and teamwork.
At Hurlford Primary School, they aim to
- Create a welcoming, safe and secure environment
- Recognise and celebrate achievement and success
- Provide a broad, challenging and stimulating curriculum, developing the four capacities
- Provide high quality learning and teaching, promoting lifelong learning
- Encourage mutual respect
- Promote partnership with parents and the wider community
At Hurlford Primary School, they also believe their partnership with parents is vital in helping their pupils to reach their full potential. The school is a member of the Loudoun Learning Community which brings together a wide range of services to benefit our young people.
With both my parents being Physical Education teachers, sport has been an integral part of my life from the word go. Throughout my early years, I competed in a host of different sports, from swimming to hockey, tennis to netball, if you can name it, I tried it! At the age of 8, I had my first exposure to Athletics “The East Renfrewshire Primary School Cross Country” run by a local club Giffnock North AAC. It was here I tasted my first athletics success, winning the Primary 5 race and was invited to join the club (the club I still compete for today). With a fantastic reputation for distance, I enjoyed much success as a mid distance runner competing in both cross country and track events. However as I grew older so did my curiosity and by the secondary school I had tried most track and field events and evolved into a combined events athlete.
Thriving with the variety I won my first major medal winning a silver medal at Under 15 British Indoor Pentathlon championship. With School commitments ever growing and a lack of coaching expertise at the time I made the decision to focus on my strongest individual event The High Jump. Despite competing well on a national and international level (Winning Multiple BUCS and English Under 23 Championships) it wasn’t until I had completed my education that I was able to full commit to training and truly raise the bar to a senior international level.
I think one of the pivotal moments in my athletics career was the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, after having an excellent 2013 the stage was set to qualify, yet despite blood, sweat and tears, I had perhaps the worst season of my life. Watching on from the Hampden stand I made a promise to myself that come hell or high water I would be on the Gold Coast team. Completing my Engineering degree from the University of Glasgow, I made the tough decision to move to the United States on a sports scholarship to Akron, Ohio and chase the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games standard. Training, traveling and competing across America and despite serious injury, I grew as an athlete and increased my personal best to 1.85m (1cm shy of the 1.86m standard required by Team Scotland) and placed 5th at the NCAA Championships. Returning mid summer the chase was truly on and at the Inter-counties championship in Bedford I finally cleared the 1.86cm the first of the two required standards. However despite my best efforts after a long season my body began to fail me, with on going injuries and a lingering illness sadly I was unable to secure a second standard and thus not selected for the Team Scotland 2018.
In the weeks after that season I often couldn’t see a way back, I’d given it my everything physically and emotionally only to fall short for a second time. Yet some how, after my training break, I made it to the track once more. Free of the weight of qualification it felt different this time, running my own program I was able to rekindle my love for the sport, and by the time the indoor season came around I was truly firing on all cylinders. Choosing to forgo the Scottish Indoor Championships I instead attended an international high jump grand prix in the Czech Republic and finally began to jump like I knew I could, clearing 1.87m. It was this performance that caught Team Scotland’s attention and earned me a very unlikely, unprecedented late selection for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games (where I finished 7th). In response to this I continued this form and managed to jump higher again, breaking the long standing Scottish Indoor Record with a leap of 1.90m (the 2018 European Championships qualification height). Performing well at the British Outdoor Championships I was selected to represent great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Berlin, August 2018.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Hurlford 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!
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.
Hurlford Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Nikki Manson on the 8th 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?
Hurlford Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Nikki Manson 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.
Hurlford Primary School 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 Nikki Manson and to raise funds for key resources for Hurlford 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.