Munlochy Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Headhunters MMA Grand Prix. Champion Craig McIntosh. Can you help us make it happen?
Munlochy Primary School are situated in the heart of the village of Munlochy, part of the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland.
HOW I STARTED
I began MMA when I was a teenager, I was always the fighting type and managed to get myself into a lot of trouble. One day I decided it was time for change as I followed a new path. I remember after starting MMA I wanted to quit after every single training session, but it was addicting, and seeing myself develop was becoming a love of mine. Looking on back on how far I had come was fantastic, I remember making weights for competitions and being proud of all the progress I had made! I even crafted my own technique that won me 55 fights!
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement was defeating two good opponents in one night to win the Headhunters MMA Grand Prix. I felt totally in the zone going in and don’t think I got hit once in either fight managing to finish both of my opponents. It was my first fight for the best MMA team in the country Higher Level and wanted to perform my best. All my family and friends were there and my brother fought the same night getting the win as well. I’m very much a perfectionist so I’m rarely pleased with performances but that night I remember saying to my brother I was happy on our way home.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge was trying to become a professional fighter while working a full time job. Unfortunately MMA isn’t a sport that pays very well until the top level. I worked a full time job since I left school and juggling training with work was difficult especially as you started competing with people who were training full time. The way I overcame this was by getting up early and doing training in the morning, on my lunch break and for 3 hours almost every night after work. I prepped all my food on Sundays to ensure I could make weight for any competitions reinvested my money into training trips and seminars to improve my skills. It meant missing out on socialising and other things but ultimately you have to prioritise what you want in life. I have no regrets and managed to do things I never would have dreamed as a kid and going through this time in my life has made everything else outside of fighting a breeze.
I don’t have a huge amount of hobbies as I’ve always been so obsessed with martial arts but I enjoy a game of pool (this will be my competing exit plan), poker and only recently got myself a motorbike. As far as food goes this should probably be in my hobbies list. I absolutely love all food and especially different dishes from around the world. One of the joys of martial arts is getting to travel and try authentic cuisine from different countries around the world.
MY FUTURE GOALS
I only recently opened a full time training facility and a huge amount of my focus is going into making sure my students are successful in everything they do. I would like to spend the next few years having some more professional MMA fights as I feel I still have a lot to show. Lastly I want to become a world champion in grappling. I don’t care if it’s 30 years down the line and the over 60 category but I’ll keep trying until I can say I’m a world champion. I’ve been in with two world champions and know I’m at the level. I just need to save for the trip and perform on the day.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Munlochy 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!
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.
Munlochy Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Headhunters MMA Grand Prix Champion Craig McIntosh on the 6th of June 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?
Munlochy Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Craig McIntosh, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Munlochy Primary 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 Headhunters MMA Grand Prix Champion Craig McIntosh and to raise funds for key resources for Munlochy 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.