The Marchbank Free School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Darlington, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 12th July 2021 we successfully raised £60 with 3 supporters in 56 days

To support the mental and physical health of the pupils by hosting an inspirational workshop.

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Darlington, England, United Kingdom

Marchbank Free School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Steph Inglis. Can you help us make it happen?

The School 


Their aim at Marchbank Free School is for children to develop into self-assured, confident, happy, positive young people. Their ethos starts with a focus on each individual starting with a clear understanding of their unique needs and building a pathway to support their progression through school. The strong pastoral structure is built on a caring philosophy which nurtures positive relationships and fosters the growth of mature behaviour. They aim to develop students who know how to act responsibly, and who become more independent as they grow older.

While also helping students to gain knowledge and respect for their own culture and faith and that of others is essential and they focus strongly on encouraging children to regard all faiths, races and cultures with respect.

Academic success is valued at all levels of performance and the classroom focus is on challenge, engagement and achievement. Learning is celebrated in all its forms.

At March bank Free School They value:

  • Working together towards a common goal
  • Team work based on trust, recognition and support
  • Respect for every child as unique and individual
  • Preparation for life and work encouraging achievements in all areas of the curriculum
  • Promoting curiosity and enthusiasm
  • Building confidence to undertake new tasks
  • Respect for the values of citizenship, tolerance and fairness

Many of their children need help to access the curriculum and they provide additional resources and specialist staff to meet their needs. They are working together to provide a stimulating learning environment in which the team of highly-trained staff provide quality teaching in well-resourced buildings to address the special needs of their students in partnership with parents, Governors, the LEA and the community.

Who's coming? 


I was born in Inverness in Scotland and I began Judo at the age of 4 with my father, Robert, being my first coach. When I was 8 I entered my first Judo competition where I won my first gold medal and I fell in love with the competition experience. When I was 13 I became a member of the GB Judo Team and travelled and competed all over for international competitions and camps for both Scotland and Great Britain, and my sights were always on competing at the Commonwealth Games representing Team Scotland in 2014. At the Commonwealth Games I achieved a silver medal. I was also very proud to be part of this Team as the Judo team broke the record for being the most successful team at the Commonwealth Games for Scotland. I then decided to do something completely different and move over to Vietnam for 5 months were I worked as an English teacher.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching over there and managed a classroom very well due to my background experience in coaching children in judo, however i missed my Judo training and had the intention of returning from Vietnam to train to compete again. However, in May of 2016 I was the in a serious motorcycle accident that left doctors thinking I only had a 1% chance of survival. After a close friend very bravely set up a fund to get me home and cover the costs of my medical bills, I returned home from Scotland and slowly but surely began to recover from my injuries.

In January 2017 I underwent my final operation on the way to a full recovery, yet due to my injuries I will no longer be able to compete. I enjoy going to schools to truly prove to children that you can overcome anything that you fight for when you put your mind to it.

Who are we?


 Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Marchbank Free 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.  

Marchbank Free School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Steph Inglis on the 9th of July 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?

Marchbank Free School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Steph Inglis 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.

Marchbank Free 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 Steph Inglis and to raise funds for key resources for Marchbank Free 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.

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