St Mary's CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with 5X Paralympian Beverley Jones. Can you help us make it happen?
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is a small Church of England school located within Barnsley town centre. They pride themselves on their family atmosphere and the personal approach we bring to meeting each child's needs. At St Mary’s, they aim to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within a framework of Christian belief and values. ‘Every Child Flourishing’ is their aim here. The school encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experiences they offer to all children.
The school also provide a safe, happy and inspiring learning environment. St Mary’s Church of England Primary School encourage children to be confident and enthusiastic learners and enable them to take risks. Within a climate of high expectation and challenge, all children are guided, supported and inspired to fulfil their true potential, emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually, both during their time at school and in their life ahead.
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is a centre of educational and personal excellence for all pupils. They have created a culture in which the highest expectations and aspirations are at the heart of the school. St Mary’s Church of England Primary School have a broad and balanced knowledge-rich curriculum that ensures children develop curiosity and creativity with the ability to analyse the world around them and make a positive contribution to our society.
How I Started
I was born in Queensferry in North Wales. I have Cerebral Palsy and I first began playing cricket for Wales hen I was 21, I was in the team that beat England at Lords in 1996! In 2000 I was selected for Team GB at the Summer Paralympics, competing in the T38 sprint. I was then selected for a further four Paralympic Games.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is winning the bronze medal at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. It was immense, I recall standing on the podium as a tear dropped down my face! It was a feeling of pride and joy that I can’t explain as when I was born, my parents were told I wouldn’t be able to walk!
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest setback has always been having Cerebral Palsy. When I was young, I was told that I would never be able to walk. These critics gave me a drive, a fire lit within me. I wanted to prove everyone wrong, so I kept working towards my goals, and after I had already began competing within cricket, and other different competitions, I managed to be selected for the T38 sprint in the 2000 Summer Paralympics. After being told I would never be able to walk, and there I was, sprinting in the Paralympics!
My hobbies include going to the cinema, reading and listening to music! I love all types of media, from films to books. I listen to lots of classical music too! I love fictional books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with St Mary’s Church of England 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.
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned 5X Paralympian Beverley Jones on the 31st of March 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?
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Beverley Jones, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
St Mary’s Church of England 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 5X Paralympian Beverley Jones and to raise funds for key resources for St Mary’s Church of England 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.