The International School of Modena Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Province of Modena, Italy

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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 Province of Modena, Italy

International School of Modena are hosting an inspirational workshop with Senior British Championship Gold medalist Issa Batrane . Can you help us make it happen?

The School 


The Modena International School is now in an extremely exciting phase of its history. Last year the school celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a school and its tenth anniversary on the beautiful and ever-changing campus of Montale in the Modena countryside.

The Performing Arts Centre, the canteen with internal kitchen and the sports field on the roof for secondary school students were also inaugurated. Their science laboratories are tailor-made with state-of-the-art equipment and boast carefully structured spaces to support the application of the Reggio-Inspired method for the Early Years curriculum, a well-stocked library and studios dedicated to the visual arts and music

Who's coming? 



I started playing Indoors Volleyball for my hometown club Richmond Volleyball Club in South West London as a junior player around the age of 13/14. Then as a junior I progressed through the ranks within the club representing the men’s first team around the age of 15/16 years old before I was then selected to be apart of the England Juniors Indoor National Team having captained my England regional team to gold at the UK School Games.
I then moved to a full time volleyball academy, The LeAF Academy in Bournemouth, England. It was there when I was 16/17 that after my first full indoor year the coaches asked me to try also play some beach volleyball this summer. It was more for my touch but to continue with becoming more explosive with my jump on the indoors as a Passer/Hitter and Right Side Spiker. Then in that first summer playing on the British Beach Volleyball National Tour I managed to win the Junior British Championships and placed top 5 in various senior events which sparked interest from the Junior Beach Volleyball National team coaches to have me train and potentially compete on the sand.

I then decided to continue playing indoors as I was pursuing a scholarship to go to university but then doing as much beach volleyball as I could when it came round to that season until I decided to go with full time beach volleyball only back in 2017.


My greatest achievement to date probably still has to be my first Senior British Championship gold medal. Although I have a lot of other bigger goals in my career currently, this one still sticks with me as it was my first. Being young was a great milestone to achieve and still to this day it makes me so happy but also so hungry to do more and achieve greatness even at my young age in the sport.


My greatest achievement to date probably still has to be my first Senior British Championship gold medal. Although I have a lot of other bigger goals in my career currently, this one still sticks with me as it was my first. Being young it was a great milestone to achieve and still to this day it makes me so happy but also so hungry to do more and achieve greatness even at my young age in the sport.


I can’t really think of any one challenge that has been overly difficult. I’ve been injured, i’ve lost relatives, i’ve not been selected for events…. these are just some that come to mind but I think probably not having the easiest upbringing growing up shaped me to have that level of resilience and that nature of fighting through the good and the bad times because it is very rare that things go smoothly in the world and all I would say is keep your chin up and know your worth. You can do great things and be successful but all you need to do is keep taking one step at a time and that is what I continue to tell myself in order to keep on being better.


My hopes and future goals for our team firstly is to compete in our major home games, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England but the big end goal for our team of myself and my partner Freddie is a future World Championships and Olympic Games. That is the pinnacle of our sport and we are young but we are hungry and work hard with our team to be better and work smarter every week.

Outside of Volleyball it truly is first to inspire the younger generation even though I am still considered young myself. I would also like to grow the game within the UK as well as inspiring people from deprived backgrounds like myself to compete in this sport a lot more. 

This along with my passion in Sustainability to help people make better choices each day that can have an impact on what the future of our planet will be like are areas I really hope to have an impact in with my career and are future goals of mine.

Who are we?


Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with International School of Modena 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.

International School of Modena will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Senior British Championship Gold medalist Issa Batrane on the 25th of July 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?

International School of Modena is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Ezekiel Ewulo, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

International School of Modena 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 Senior British Championship Gold medalist Issa Batrane and to raise funds for key resources for International School of Modena.

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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