The St John's CofE Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd May 2024 we successfully raised £10 with 1 supporters in 56 days

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by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom


St John's CofE Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Englands U20s Rugby Player Sarah Nicholas. Sarah 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!

St John's School is a special place. They believe that every child is made in the image of God and is unique. It is their responsibility to help them find their gifts and the confidence to shine so that they can become the best version of themselves. 

Who's Coming?

How I started:

I started playing Rugby when I was six years old, my brother played and I used to go along and watch. The coach noticed that I was in attendance regularly and mentioned a team for children, I went along and have love dit ever since!

My Greatest Achievement:

My greatest achievement is playing for the England U20’s team. I was selected for the regional team, and from there I was invited to trials for England. There was a lot of people there, and it was an all-day. I had expected there to be a lot of people, and for it to be extremely hard work as I knew we were going to be tested on our skills and fitness on the day.

My Greatest Challenge:

My greatest challenge has been going through injuries. Specifically breaking my leg and collarbone within the same year. I broke my leg in February of 2012, while I was playing as I was tackled from behind! I was in recovery for around six months, and I was in a cast for eight weeks. It consisted of lots of rehab, strengthening, getting fitness back up, and learning to walk again. And then two weeks after my recovery from a broken leg I ended up breaking my collarbone, which I say is the most pain I have ever been in!

My Hobbies:

Outside of Rugby I enjoy watching lots of sports, live and on TV. I love food and coffee, being outdoors going for walks, seeing my friends and family when I have time, and I also really enjoy my job as an armed police officer too!

My Future Aspirations:

In the future I want to be enjoying my game, playing the best Rugby I can, and doing well with my club! We’re building up at the moment, and I can’t wait to grow with the club and see us in a great place hopefully soon!

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.1697470986_international_school_milan-04.jpg

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 John's CofE Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from Englands U20s Rugby Player Sarah Nicholas on the 21st of May 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 John's CofE Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Sarah Nicholas, 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 John's CofE 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 Englands U20s Rugby Player Sarah Nicholas and to raise funds for key resources for St John's CofE 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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