St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Eden Francis. Can you help us make it happen?
As a Catholic school their mission is based upon the value and respect of every person as an individual. By following in the footsteps of Jesus, they aim to make the ‘heart, mind and spirit soar’. In order to achieve this, they expect high standards of behaviour and they promote the building of solid relationships between all individuals so that they remain happy and confident to work independently. Their Catholic ethos and values permeate through all areas of school life and they are privileged to play a part in helping all of the children develop and grow into confident, caring, respectful outward-looking individuals who, in turn, value one another as children of God. Pastoral care is very important to them and children are nurtured into becoming successful, independent and confident learners.
At St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, they offer a varied curriculum which is further enhanced by extra-curricular activities and clubs. Sport and music are very important to the school and they offer many opportunities for children to take part in a variety of sport and musical activities.
I started my journey in athletics at the age of 10 when my mum began coaching me. I tried a few different events including running and jumping and finally settled on throwing. I was awarded my first England and Team GB vest at the age of 15 and from there, I went from strength to strength, topping rankings and competing in competitions, including the Commonwealth Youth Games and the World Youth Championships.
I broke the British U20 record in 2007 and the next year I became the first Brit to win Gold at the Winter Throwing Cup. I then made history again in 2009, by becoming the first British woman to win gold at the U23 European Championships, something that I hold very dear to my heart. I also gained my first senior GB vest in the same year!
Since then, i have repeated topped British rankings and claimed numerous British Championship medals with my latest achievement making the final top 8 in both the Shot Putt and the Discus at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I am now in training to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
In my spare time I really enjoy shopping with friends and have a love for doing hair and make-up. Visiting schools to inspire children to follow their dreams is a really big passion of mine, that I love being a part of.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with St Thomas Aquinas Catholic 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!
SFC 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%. SFC is a government audited organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance.
During the assembly, SFC 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, SFC envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
Alongside Team SFC, 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 CIC 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.
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Eden Francis on the 1st of July 2021 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?
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Eden Francis the pupils and teachers will be given the tools to respond to issues like a pandemic, begin to focus on friendships and social engagement all while improving their physical and mental well being.
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School will benefit from the money raised to invest in key front-line services and equipment.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Eden Francis and to raise funds for key resources for St Thomas Aquinas 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.