St Matthew's CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with 2021 World Age Group Championships Contender Marni Levena. Can you help us make it happen?
St. Matthew's is a voluntary controlled Church of England School and has close links with the Diocese of Birmingham and St. Matthew's Church. The Christian Calendar is important in the school. The school also acknowledge and consider other faiths and feel that it is only through knowledge and understanding of their faiths and cultures that they can hope to afford pupils a full place in society where differences are valued and equality assured.
St Matthew's is a community of learners planning, pursuing and providing excellence through a model of Christianity. Children are valued for their individuality and heritage and are encouraged to fulfil their potential to meet the challenges of a changing society.
HOW I STARTED
I first tried Gymnastics at the age of 12. This was after my mum saw an advert for our local gym on Facebook and asked if I was interested in attending since I was such an energetic child. After attending for a while, I was approached by one of the coaches who asked if they could record some of my skills to show to a GBR tumbling coach. I was then invited by my current coach; Josh Hunter to trial a week later. I found out I had made the tumbling squad and thus began my journey through the world of tumbling.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is competing in the 2021 World Age Group Championships. It was a really unique feeling, competing at such a high level was energising and nerve-racking all at the same time! I remember stepping out in front of everyone, ready to compete, with all these thoughts running through my head, but when the time came, I locked in and gave it my all. I had worked so hard to get to this point, I wasn’t going out without every single ounce of effort I had in me being displayed in my performance!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
The greatest challenge I have faced in my career was undoubtedly the global pandemic. At the time, I wasn’t in the GBR Tumbling squad, which meant that I was not legally allowed to train under the pandemic procedures at the time. This was especially gutting as I saw my friends returning to the gym and getting workouts in throughout lockdown whereas I was stuck at home without the tools to do so. In the end, this only drove me when I got back into the gym to train even harder than I ever had before.
My favourite way to spend my free time is with friends exploring new places, going out for food and just enjoying their company as being a full-time athlete takes away a lot of my free time as I am training, preparing meals or recovering! I also love coaching gymnastics, this is because with the support of my own coaches, I got to where I am today, and I know that if I provide the same sort of support to my students, they will one day take their passion as far as I have.
MY FUTURE GOALS
My future goals are not just to make it to Senior World Championships, but also to win at the Senior World Championships. I would also like to elevate Tumbling to new heights and see it become an Olympic discipline on the world stage.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with St Matthew's CofE 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 Matthew's CofE Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned 2021 World Age Group Championships Contender Marni Levena on the 3rd of June 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 Matthew's CofE Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Marni Levena, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
St Matthew's CofE 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 2021 World Age Group Championships Contender Marni Levena and to raise funds for key resources for St Matthew'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.