Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th February 2024 we successfully raised £100 with 4 supporters in 49 days

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

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom


Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Wheelchair Basketball Bronze Medalist Tyler Baines. Tyler 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!

At Sacred Heart School they are called to change the world by:

"Acting justly and with love; to speak for the voiceless and defend the defenceless, while being joyful and courageous witness of the Gospel, carrying to the world a ray of God’s light and then becoming caretakers of our world through knowing that Creation is not a good to be exploited but a gift to be looked after."

Who's Coming?

How I started:

I went to a local multi sport club. There were various different sports to take part in but the woman running the club was a wheelchair basketball player, I gave it a try and began training, and after a short while I was invited to county trials for the north west. Within a month I was competing in the national championship where we took home a gold medal! After that weekend I fell in love with the sport so I joined a club in nearby Carlisle and played there for 4 years.

My Greatest Achievement:

I was delighted to win a Commonwealth Games Bronze. It was amazing to compete in home games, and everything from the opening ceremony to competing in front of a packed British crowd was incredible. We had a tough game against Australia in the semi final and were unlucky to lose in overtime. However, we won the third place play off against Malaysia, achieving 21 points and bringing the game to a close. It was such a proud moment with my family watching me on the podium to receive our medals from members of the royal family.

My Greatest Challenge:

My biggest challenge is travelling and logistics around training and competing. This often meant waking up at 5 and staying in hotels while in competition, Long drives, limited food options and disrupted preparation meant that living in Barrow, Cumbria has made my career difficult at times. I’m now training and competing in Manchester which has made life a little easier.

My Hobbies:

I enjoy driving, following football, spending time with friends and family, playing Xbox, and listening to podcasts and music.

My Future Aspirations:

In the future I hope to make as many senior appearances as possible. Win the league with Manchester Revolutions and see how well we can do in the upcoming Euro Cup in Hannover. I would also love a Gold Medal at the Paris Paralympics in 2024 and future commonwealth games!

Who are Sports For Champions?

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 young people developing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded participants in society.

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.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Wheelchair Basketball Bronze Medalist Tyler Baines on the 19th of February 2024 and we need your support!

The pupils will benefit from physical activity through our fitness circuit, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.

Where does the money go?

When parents and guardians offer their support to a Sports for Champions UK (CIC) fundraising event, they are nurturing not only their children's immediate environments but also the bright futures of many rising athletes. Here is a breakdown of how your contributions make a significant difference: 

For each fundraising event Sports For Champions looks to raise enough money to cover the costs that it takes to provide such an excellent service nationally. Once that goal is reached, surplus funds are allocated in a way that benefits both the school and our passionate athletes – 60% for the school’s continued growth and 40% contributing to the athlete fund.

At the core of the Sports For Champions UK (CIC) initiative is the Athlete Fund. Primarily, the fund aids schools in less economically privileged areas that might struggle with costs, ensuring that the administrative fee isn’t a barrier to vital opportunities. Additionally, it assists our dedicated athletes in moments of pressing need, whether it’s recovering from injuries, procuring advanced equipment, or embarking on warm-weather training camps. Our fundamental belief remains unwavering: no school should be compromised for its economic stance, and every promising athlete deserves a fair shot at excellence. Our commitment ensures no child or school is left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.

Challenges Athletes Face: Our partnering pro athletes and Team GB Olympians have a world of responsibilities on their shoulders. They juggle between a rigorous training schedule that demands over 35 hours a week and their personal commitments. This often leaves them with limited time and resources to focus on their careers, leading to financial constraints. Expenses for equipment, training, coaching, travel, and more pile up, making it a challenge for these athletes to perform at their best and represent Great Britain.

Why is this important?

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Tyler Baines, this will be enhanced across all year groups and staff, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide new equipment, fund opportunities for the children, and more.

How can you help?

We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Wheelchair Basketball Bronze Medalist Tyler Baines and to raise funds for key resources for Sacred Heart Catholic 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.

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