St Matthews Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Ayaz Bhuta. Can you help us make it happen?
HOW I STARTED
Ayaz was born with Robert's Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects both upper and lower body limbs. Ayaz is 3ft 7 inches tall and weighs 45kg. Despite having spent most of his childhood and early teenage years in and out of hospital undergoing corrective procedures, Ayaz has always been a sports enthusiast and was always keen on taking part in sports. Being the only disabled student at his primary school was a challenge, as due to fears of health and safety, Ayaz’s sporting activity was limited, until one day when he showed real capability in participating in a playground football game which helped break down some barriers.
During his college years, Ayaz struggled to cope with his disability. During this period he was very inactive, became overweight and had little confidence. To help him overcome these issues, Ayaz started playing Wheelchair Basketball where his self-confidence improved over time. Wheelchair Basketball is a non-contact sport, something Ayaz never really grasped as he became accustomed to getting sent off pretty much every game!
Shortly after getting involved with Wheelchair Basketball Ayaz was scouted by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. To qualify to play Wheelchair Rugby the participant has to have an impairment in 3 or 4 limbs. It is also the only full-contact Paralympic sport; something which caught Ayaz's attention. After several months of training, Ayaz was called up to represent GB in a Four Nations tournament in Australia. It was after this tournament that Ayaz was told that he probably wouldn't have a career internationally.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
Ayaz describes his greatest achievement as representing Team GB in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. He found this experience wild and a wonderful opportunity. It was a fantastic feeling representing his own country and he is lucky enough with all of his hard work he represented Great Britain again this year in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, where he won a Gold medal!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
Struggled with coping with my disability and how people treated me because of it. I didn't have many friends and any confidence within myself. I found a sport that helped me regain confidence and feel comfortable within myself. I now want to help others realise their potential
Ayaz loves watching lots of sports! Especially watching his favourite teams, Manchester United and the English Cricket team. He also enjoys playing Football Manager and cooking! Ayaz’s favourite meal is usually chicken and vegetables as it is a well rounded and healthy meal, but he also loves to have a pizza as a treat after a tournament or match!
MY FUTURE GOALS
Ayaz’s future goals are to inspire as many people as I can through my actions and story to help people realise their potential.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with St Matthews 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 Matthews Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Ayaz Bhuta on the 1st of November 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 Matthews Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Ayaz Bhuta 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 Matthews 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 Ayaz Bhuta and to raise funds for key resources for St Matthews 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.