The Barlby Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Selby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th July 2024 we successfully raised £110 with 7 supporters in 35 days

At Sports For Champions UK, we don’t just create dreams – we build champions. Embark on this transformative journey with us today.

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Selby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Barlby Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Tokyo 2020 Gold Medalist Swimmer Jordan Catchpole. Jordan 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!

"Learning together hand in hand to be the best we can be.”

Who's Coming?

How I started:

I got into my sport through my Grandad who chucked me into the pool ever since I was a baby. I started swimming lessons at the age of four, and my first ever coach recognised my talent and came over to me after a lesson, told me a had a lot of talent, and she chatted to my parents and just told me to stick with it and that she was sure I could get really far, so we stuck with it.

My Greatest Achievement:

My greatest achievement is winning a gold medal in Tokyo, and also obtaining my MBE. I remember walking into Buckingham Palace and being gobsmacked. Everything was perfect, and so big, it was like walking into a shopping centre! I was part of a group of other athletes, but there were a lot of other people there being awarded different awards. It was a very surreal experience!

My Greatest Challenge:

My greatest challenge was overcoming depression, it took it out of me for three or four years. It took me out of training and made me not want to train or have any belief in myself in fact. There were two different times when this peaked, before the Worlds in Mexico, I had trained for a year leading up to it, but then it was cancelled as an earthquake had hit the nation. The second instance was going from 2019 into 2020 as I had qualified for the Paralympics around a month before the first lockdown, but once that hit, I had to move up to Manchester for training but I fell to another low after this period as it was a very tumultuous and uncertain time for everyone.

My Podcast:

Check out my podcast to learn more about me and my career. Maybe it will inspire you to write some questions for me ahead of the event!

My Hobbies:

Outside of Swimming I enjoy playing Golf and five-a-side football in my free time. It’s the best bit of social time I get outside of training around the team!

My Future Aspirations:

In the future I would like to go to Paris and come away with at least three gold medals. I would also like to break the 100m Backstroke, the 200m Freestyle, and the 4x100m Relay world record too!

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.

Barlby Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from Tokyo 2020 Gold Medalist Swimmer Jordan Catchpole on the 12th of July 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?

Barlby Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Jordan Catchpole, 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.

Barlby 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 Tokyo 2020 Gold Medalist Swimmer Jordan Catchpole and to raise funds for key resources for Barlby 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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