Southdale CofE Junior School are hosting an inspirational workshop with London 2012 Olympian James Dasaolu. Can you help us make it happen?
Southdale CofE Junior School are a 7-11, Church of England school, in the heart of Ossett, in Wakefield, Yorkshire. We cater for 360 pupils, supported by a combined staff of over 50 adults. Together this team forms the Southdale Community.
Southdale CofE Junior School's Vision
‘Shining like stars in the universe.’ Philippians 2:15
Southdale CofE Junior School's number one aim for their Southdale family, is that they shine like stars in the universe in everything they do – the school refer to this as the ‘Southdale Sparkle’. Southdale CofE Junior School also like a challenge, never give up easily and have the highest expectations of themselves and others. Their Christian values underpin the life of the school and they constantly show kindness and respect, so that everyone feels happy, safe and valued.
Southdale CofE Junior School's Aims
• To cultivate a caring community with a Christian ethos, in which people of all faiths and beliefs feel secure, calm, valued and respected. A community in which everyone can work as a team, supporting, encouraging and praising all achievement – creating a happy, caring school, where success is celebrated and mistakes are learned from.
• To provide an outstanding education for all children through a curriculum that is exciting, stimulating, challenging, and which builds self-confidence.
• To provide high quality teaching and learning for all pupils, at all stages of their learning.
• To raise standards of attainment through secure progress for all children.
• To secure the best quality teaching and learning for children and young people through a sustainable model of developing support staff, teaching assistants, teachers and school leaders.
• To establish a modern, vibrant and inspiring learning environment in which the physical, personal, social and intellectual potential of all members of the school community are developed to the full.
• To strive for excellence and set the highest expectations for all members of the school community.
• To sustain a community spirit, with parents, pupils and staff working in partnership, and with respect for each other.
HOW I STARTED
I began my career in competitive athletics relatively late, ﬁrst competing in 2006 as a seventeen year old. As a result I had a limited youth and junior career. However, having begun late, I made steady and signiﬁcant improvements in my ﬁrst few years, 10.75 to 10.26 in the space of two seasons. My most signiﬁcant improvement came in 2009 with me running a time of 10.09 which ranked me third in the UK, and ranked me amongst the quickest guys in Europe as well as the UK, but unfortunately that season ended early with injury. So it was not until 2010 where I ﬁrst got the opportunity to represent my country, which was at the European Championships in Barcelona. I continued to struggle with injury, although in-spite of this I was still able to be one of the quickest men in the UK, but did not fully reach my potential, as of a result of all my injuries, until I changed coach in 2012 and made the 2012 London Olympic Team. In the following years I went on to run a time of 9.91 which ranked me only second to Linford Christie in the UK all time list, as well as now establishing me as one of the quickest guy in the world. I also went on to become a European 100m and 4x100m relay champion and picked up four national medals along the way.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is undoubtedly representing Team GB and Great britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Being at home and competing is such a unique feeling, and it feels even better when you’re competing at the largest tournament on the planet! It was an electrifying experience, and I loved every moment!
My hobbies include cooking, fitness and music. I love cooking a range of different meals, although my favourite has to be a classic steak!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Southdale CofE 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! 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.
Southdale CofE Junior School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned London 2012 Olympian James Dasaolu 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?
Southdale CofE Junior School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from James Dasaolu, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Southdale CofE Junior 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 London 2012 Olympian James Dasaolu and to raise funds for key resources for Southdale CofE 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.