The Ilfracombe Academy Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Ilfracombe, Devon, 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 Ilfracombe, Devon, United Kingdom

1692625982_screenshot_2023-08-21_at_14.47.43.pngThe Ilfracombe Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe. Otis 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!

Situated on a beautiful coastal site overlooking the town and the Bristol Channel, they are an 11-18 church academy, part of the St Christopher’s Trust. the Academy have nearly 1000 students on roll including a popular and expanding Sixth Form. All students come from a wide geographical area stretching from the surfing beaches of Woolacombe across Exmoor to Lynton and the Somerset border.

They serve and support the community providing a child-centred education that reflects Christian values. Respecting the dignity and potential of each individual person and sensitive to the needs of a diverse society, while striving to enhance and strengthen their values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

These values are central to the school.

The Ilfracombe Academy are committed to the highest standards of academic excellence; they are dedicated to providing the best possible education for all students by developing the knowledge, understanding and skills essential for learning and leading a fulfilled life.

Who's Coming?

How I Started

As a child, I was doing flips on the sofa a lot, and as my parents got fed up with my antics they took me to a gymnastics club. A few years after I had began trampolining I was competing in the 2014 London Regional Championships and saw the DMT setup. I spoke with the DMT coach; John Whotherspoon, he introduced me to the sport and coached me for four years as he got me into the GB team where I met my current coach, Tom Holman and moved to Poole to pursue DMT.

My Greatest Achievement

My greatest achievement is scoring the 18th-highest score of all time and the highest British at the Azerbaijan Team Finals. It was with a Triff Tuck mount and a half in half Triff dismount. I scored 29.1, but unfortunately, my teammate fell on his run which cost us some points meaning we didn’t achieve a medal, but I was more than happy to walk away with such a high score and a new personal best!

My Greatest Challenge

My greatest challenge has been the past few months of 2022. I have been struggling with chronic back pain for the past couple of years and at a competition earlier this year I threw a triple backflip and landed on my head at the back of the trampoline and sprained myself in 5 places. Afterwards, the pain in my back developed and got worse so I went for scans and we discovered the bone at the tail end was rubbing against my pelvis, causing small amounts of bone bruising.

My Podcast

Check out my podcast to learn more about me and my career. Maybe it will inspire you to write some questions for me ahead of the event!

My Hobbies

Outside of DMT I love Dj’ing and producing music and run an underground music collective called Blackboard Jungle where we hold live music events!

My Future goals

In the future I am looking forward to going to the Birmingham World Championships next year, I am excited for this as it means my family can come to watch and support me. I’m hoping to reach the finals and medal in front of a home-crowd. I am also hoping to become a performer for shows like Cirque Du Soleil.

Who are Sports For Champions?

Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with The Ilfracombe Academy 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.

The Ilfracombe Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe on the 11th of October 2023 and we need your support!

The pupils will benefit from Physical activity, 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’re investing not only in their children’s present but also in the promising futures of many upcoming athletes. Here’s a breakdown of how your contributions make a 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?

The Ilfracombe Academy is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

The Ilfracombe Academy 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 Otis McAuliffe and to raise funds for key resources for The Ilfracombe Academy.

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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