Rothwell Victoria Junior School are hosting an inspirational workshop with European Championships in the 4x400m relay Gold Medalist Rio Mitcham. Rio needs your help to raise funds for vital training, medical and competition costs. This money will also help your school and other athletes across the country, find out more below!
Rothwell Victoria is a good school, that places great importance on the success of its pupils. All members of staff at the school believe children thrive in an environment where they are safe and cared for, where they are challenged to achieve their best and where they are happy in the knowledge they are amongst friends, also everyone who attends the school are very proud of this friendly, welcoming school environment.
The school have high expectations and continually strive to improve the learning and teaching opportunities they are able to offer all pupils. The curriculum prepares children for their future, is exciting and engaging, capturing their interests and promoting an enthusiastic and active approach to learning. Rothwell Victoria also prepare all children for adulthood by developing sound learning behaviours including: resilience, co-operation, organisation and enquiry, while embracing a culture of independence resulting in confident learners who will experience success in their adult lives.
How I Started
I started because I won at the school sports day, and it happened around the time that Usain Bolt was extremely successful, this inspired me to want to pursue a career in athletics myself, and after a short conversation with parents they took me to Telford Athletics Club to get started!
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is undoubtedly winning a gold medal at the European Championships in the 4x400m relay. It was my first senior Team GB appearance, we were towards the end of the campaign and I was on the same squad as Matt Hudson-Smith who is the British record holder and hails from the same place as me, so you can imagine this was a huge privilege to be on the same team. I had travelled with my dad and brother who were attending the event so when I walked out onto the track I tried my best to spot them in the crowd before the event got underway! We were ushered through the backstage area and shown to the stage where the national anthem wasn’t actually working so the crowd started chanting, which was a very surreal moment looking back.
My Greatest Challenge
As a junior I didn’t have much success, but this season I had worked extremely hard to get myself to the point of being selected for the junior national championships. I remember having little success in my junior career so this year was incredibly rewarding as I had seen myself grow exponentially. I had performed well in the nationals up until the semi finals when I pulled my hamstring. The recovery process was around 12 weeks, but the knock on effects lasted a lot longer, but thankfully I was very aware of my position and I knew that a lesson could be taken from this experience. Thankfully, after 12 weeks I was able to begin training again and get back into the swing of things quickly!
Outside of athletics I enjoy making music with my brother and spend a large majority of my free time creating with my brother. We have been collaborating for as long as I can remember, but it was in 2020 when we decided to invest money into some equipment and start creating our own music.
My Future goals
In the future, I aim to qualify for the Olympics, but also celebrate crossing the line just like Usain Bolt!
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Rothwell Victoria Junior 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! Your young people have been invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspiring them to be the champions of tomorrow.
While we're not all athletically inclined we strongly encourage participation, all young people have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! After 12 years of success we have perfected our inspirational events and they are guaranteed to deliver for your school and pupils!
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 organisation that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Meaning you can support the initiative with assurance.
What will happen on the day?
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 engage in invaluable work within local communities to support their 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 additional funds to go towards 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.
Rothwell Victoria Junior School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned European Championships in the 4x400m relay Gold Medalist Rio Mitcham on the 25th of September 2023 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?
Rothwell Victoria Junior School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Rio Mitcham, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Rothwell Victoria Junior School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide 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 European Championships in the 4x400m relay Gold Medalist Rio Mitcham and to raise funds for key resources for Rothwell Victoria Junior 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.