Hunningley Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste. Leon 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!
Hunningley Primary School is a family where everyone is valued and recognised as an individual. It is a place where talents and interests are nurtured and all are encouraged to aim for the stars and be the very best that they can be. The school believe that every child has the ability to shine given the right care and support and that our similarities and differences are things we celebrate with pride.
The life of the school is driven by their core values of Respect, Confidence, Enthusiasm, Creativity, Ambition, and Determination. Learning is brought to life through high quality lessons, real life experiences and opportunities to recall and apply knowledge previously learned. Their teaching team use high quality resources, have the highest expectations for all and instil in all children, a belief that anything is possible with hard work, courage and determination.
Hunningley Primary Academy is proud to be a part of United Learning; a national group of academies and independent schools that aims to bring out ‘The Best In Everyone’. The school shares this belief that every child can thrive given the right teaching and support.
How I Started
I began athletics at the age of 14 when I suffered a knee injury that stopped me from playing football. This led me to try sprinting as I was recovering, it was then that I realised I have. Areal talent, and that I could pursue it. I had always been fast, but it was only now that I had decided to harness it and chase the possibility of it being an option.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is without a doubt winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. This is because the Commonwealth Games are the second largest competition in the world of athletics so to win just one medal is an incredible achievement, but two is fantastic and a dream come true!
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge is returning from injury at the age of 19. After returning, my performances got worse, and so did my morale. I thought about giving up, but I persisted, and continued to train every single day. It was this persistence and drive that got me to where I am today. It took a lot of resilience, but I am glad I stuck to my guns and continued on my path.
My hobbies include boxing, spending time with friends and family along with coaching athletes. I love to coach my team and some of the progress they have been making has been exceptional! I even coach fellow Sports For Champions athlete and Olympian Beth Dobbin!
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Hunningley 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! 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 people's? 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.
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 youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
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.
Hunningley Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste on the 3rd of October 2023 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?
Hunningley Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Hunningley Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide 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 Leon Baptiste and to raise funds for key resources for Hunningley 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.