Rathen School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Rio 2016 Olympian Chris Bennett. Can you help us make it happen?
Rathen School serves the hamlet of Rathen and the surrounding rural area. The school is situated in the midst of farming country about 4½ miles south of Fraserburgh. The school caters for pupils from P1 – P7 who then move on to Fraserburgh Academy. The school building is over 100 years old and in 1977 was renovated to provide one large teaching area and a dining room, which is used for quiet activities such as Personal Social Development.
The main school building also has a closed classroom for one of the classes. A portacabin was set up in the playground in 1987 and replaced in 2010. A small extension was built in 1982 to provide additional office accommodation. Rathen Public Hall, which is located near the school, is used for PE, Music, Drama and whole school assemblies.
HOW I STARTED
I started athletics in school after a teacher recognised my skills in PE and sports day. I started training after school, and eventually began competing in athletics competitions regionally and nationally! I enjoyed it so much I began to dedicate my all to it, my passion only grew bigger from there. I first represented Scotland in 2006 at the School’s International and then at the inaugural UK School Games in Glasgow the same year where I set a new Scottish record while also winning the gold medal. After that, in 2008, I then broke the under 20 Scottish record.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is undoubtedly appearing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, performing in front of my home crowd was an experience I will never forget, the atmosphere was fantastic, and I couldn’t get over the roar of the crowd, it was immense!
In my free time I enjoy cooking and keeping myself fit and ready for the next tournament! I love cooking a wide range of different meals, but I will always find myself coming back to the classic Sunday roast!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Rathen 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.
Rathen School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Rio 2016 Olympian Chris Bennett on the 8th 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?
Rathen School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Chris Bennett, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Rathen 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 Rio 2016 Olympian Chris Bennett and to raise funds for key resources for Rathen 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.