The St Mary's CofE Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


St Mary's C of E Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Double Paralympic Gold medalist Laurence Whiteley. Laurence 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!

"Learn, Transform and Grow together as individuals and as members the our St Mary's community."

Who's Coming?

How I started:

It was mostly through word and mouth. I started out swimming after my diagnosis of bone cancer and that was my first introduction into the world of disability sport. After a while I became more disheartened with swimming, and was introduced to a woman called Rebecca who used to row for Durham University. It was simply a case of ‘why don’t you come down and try rowing?’. I popped across to my local rowing club (Tees RC) who were very accommodating, and they set a boat up for me and taught me all the basics of rowing. After being invited to various testing/trailing with British Rowing I was invited down to train with the national team in 2013.

My Greatest Achievement:

My greatest achievement is without a doubt becoming a double Paralympic champion. I loved every moment of my first time becoming a Paralympic champion, but the second time it felt like I had climbed a mountain, as training was ground to a halt at the start of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic. This was difficult as training is a largely squad based activity, and not having the squad with me was a massive change, especially when training from home only being able to catch up when we had group calls.

My Greatest Challenge:

My greatest challenge was bouncing back from being cut from a team for the first time. Everything had been plain sailing and I was on a great path for success. However, at the top level, with so much talent, it’s easy for you to become disposable because everybody wants that place too. It took longer mentally than I thought it was going to after this, and I think in retrospect it took me a whole Basketball season to really get to grips with it, even though I had transferred to a new team swiftly.

My Hobbies

In my spare time I enjoy gaming, fitness, cars and music! Even athletes like myself are allowed to play games, everything in moderation is what I say! I have loved cars since I was a child, and I also like to immerse myself in a great album from time to time!

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.

St Marys C of E primary school will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Double Paralympic champion Laurence Whiteley on the 8th March 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?

St Mary's C of E Primary school is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Laurence Whiteley , 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.

St Mary's C of E 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 Double Paralympic champion Laurence Whiteley and to raise funds for key resources for St Mary's C of E  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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