Lathom High School are hosting an inspirational workshop with London 2012 Bronze Medalist Danny Purvis. Can you help us make it happen?
Lathom High School is a coeducational secondary school and specialist technology college located in Skelmersdale in the English county of Lancashire. Following an amalgamation of two former schools Tawd Vale and West Bank High, Lathom High was officially opened in November 1988 by Jack Straw MP.
HOW I STARTED
I have always been a climber. I remember always wanting to climb on the monkey bars and up trees as a child! It was always something I would do passively when out with friends or with my parents. I also always had lots of energy, I was always hyperactive it seemed. It was through a teacher that introduced me to the school’s Gymnastic’s club that I fell in love with the sport. It was everything I had wanted out of a sport and I loved it! I kept on practising and eventually was able to attend events between schools at a county and national level!
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement has to be winning a team bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics. It was a real goosebumps moment. It made me incredibly proud and gave me a massive feeling of pride. It had felt like everything just fell into place and this was it, my dreams were realised. I was so glad to have done my family ad friends proud, but also relieved that myself and my teammates had produced a great result for Britain!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
The greatest challenge I have faced has to be not being selected for a major Team GB competition, this was a massive setback, especially having trained so much for it. The feeling of being let down was massive, but I had to bounce back, and I knew this. So, I began training again, and I began training harder than ever before. I smashed previous records in the gym, I tried new things, I developed my skills. I came back and was selected for the next Team GB competition, and that was all the proof I needed to tell me that I can do anything.
My hobbies include gymnastics, bowling, going to the cinema and spending time on my Playstation! Of course, some of these must be done in moderation, for instance, I make sure that I have done exercise for the day because it can become too much after a while! I always ensure that I have completed all other jobs before booting up my Playstation. As for going to the cinema, I just love being there! I am a massive film lover, so I enjoy going and watching something, it’s so much fun!
My favourite meal is a classic Sunday roast, these are a staple in my household as they are tasty and have a great balanced selection of foods! You get all you need out of a good old roast!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Lathorn High 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!
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.
Lathorn High School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned London 2012 Bronze Medalist Danny Purvis on the 1st 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?
Lathorn High School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Danny Purvis, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Lathorn High School 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 London 2012 Bronze Medalist Danny Purvis and to raise funds for key resources for Lathorn High 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.