Sidmouth Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner Martin Norris. Can you help us make it happen?
Sidmouth Primary School in association with its pupils and their parents have a shared purpose of achieving the highest possible academic standards, whilst offering security and happiness. The school pride themselves on being a totally inclusive, caring, friendly school. Everybody at Sidmouth wish to celebrate their success and general educational vision.
All staff value and prioritise the needs of every child and strive to ensure that all of the pupils relish their school experience at Sidmouth.
Sidmouth is known as a friendly school, where children make friendships and begin their life long, learning journey. All the staff here are very proud to be part of Sidmouth Primary School.
HOW I STARTED
I was born with condition called Spina Bifida, Spina Bifida is when a baby's spine and spinal cord does not develop properly, causing a gap in the spine. I didn’t let this affect me in any way. when I was in school all I did was play football and rugby.
I first got involved in wheelchair sports, in college when I enrolled on a sports diploma course, I tried many then started playing wheelchair basketball. when I was introduced to Wheelchair Basketball. Not long after I started, I was playing competitively for Halifax. Then one day I was at a Basketball game and during half time a rugby ball came on to our side of the court. All I did was throw the ball back to the other side of the court and someone said to me “why don’t you come and try Wheelchair Rugby League”, I never looked back!
Shortly after getting involved in Wheelchair Rugby League, I was scouted and after trials, I was selected for the England squad on the 2004 French tour. I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of representing my country and I even broke my finger in a collision!
After returning from the tour, I joined the newly formed Wigan club. Where after numerous spells at other clubs over the years I am now back at Wigan Warriors.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
My greatest achievement is being a member of the first Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby League team in 2006 and captaining my country in 2008-14 including two World Cup campaigns where I lifted the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup defeating Australia on their home turf 44-12 and being voted Man of The Match topped off an unreal experience for me and the team over in Australia.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge is when I had to put my rugby career on hold after I moved to Lincolnshire. It was probably one of the hardest things I have had to do not only leaving my team-mates but also the whole rugby family behind.
My most recent Challenge was just after the National lockdown, where no Leisure Centre’s or gyms were open. So, keeping up my fitness and health was a real struggle for me.
All over my playing career I have played 80 minutes every game I have been involved in, no matter what. So, after the lockdowns, due to my fitness levels I have been really struggling to maintain these high levels without needing a breather. So getting back to these high levels has been a real challenge for me, but one I really enjoyed.
I love sports! Mainly rugby and football and watching my favourite football team Manchester United.
MY FUTURE GOALS
My future goals are to inspire as many people as possible through visiting schools and to help the youth realise their full potential. I also have my sporting goals for the future, I want to be able to help the youths coming through in Wheelchair Rugby League, to help them progress and have a long career in the sport! as well as being a part of the England Wheelchair Rugby League team in the World Cup in November 2022.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Sidmouth 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.
Sidmouth Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner Martin Norris on the 19th of May 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?
Sidmouth Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Martin Norris, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Sidmouth 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 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner Martin Norris and to raise funds for key resources for Sidmouth 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.