To support the mental and physical health of the pupils by hosting an inspirational workshop.
by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Double Paralympic Champion Laurence Whiteley. Can you help us make it happen?
At Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School, they place children at the heart of what they do, cherishing and inspiring them all with an active, engaging, and stimulating curriculum. The school's highly experienced and committed staff work hard, in partnership with parents, to ensure every child can experience success. They are also very proud to be an inclusive school that has the highest expectations for behaviour and learning right from the start.
As an Infant school, they are able to capitalise on their expertise in teaching very young children, using a finely tuned pedagogy that suits all young learners. Whilst their focus is on the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, this is taught alongside a creative and broad curriculum. Children learn how to work and play together, be healthy, use their imaginations and creativity; all of which develops a love of learning, curiosity, and fun. When the time comes, it is then a smooth and easy transfer to the linked Junior school next door.
Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery School are uniquely situated, tucked away in Strand on the Green within a stone’s throw of the River Thames. All children love to learn inside and out using the pond, field, meadow and the Forest School areas: active learning gives choice and provides for independence.
HOW I STARTED
I had always been somewhat athletic, but I had never competed until one day at the age of 15 one of my friends had asked me to come down to the track. A coach asked me to try the long jump and I picked up the skill extremely quickly. In my third competition, I came eighth at England Under 17 Championships. It was at that point I decided to focus on the long jump. I quickly improved and began dominating the junior scene. I transitioned into a senior athlete shortly after, and kept improving!
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Becoming British champion in 2011. I was incredibly unwell at the competition, however, I managed to produce a winning distance on my final jump! I felt tremendously proud and glad that all of my hard work had paid off especially since I was able to win despite feeling unwell. It felt great to call myself the champion of Great Britain!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
Balancing university and training as they were not part of the same institution. I would regularly be in California training whilst my classes would take place in London. I had to be very disciplined to make sure my work was completed on time. Thankfully, I was able to conquer this challenge and move onto newer and bigger goals!
In my spare time, I love going to the cinema, dancing and going to funfairs or theme parks! I am a massive film lover, and going to the cinema is a lot of fun. I also enjoy dancing! It keeps me in shape, and is fun! Another hobby of mine is going to funfairs or theme parks and riding rollercoasters. I enjoy the rush and they are always a great day out! My favourite meal is probably a palm oil bean stew with some plantain!
MY FUTURE GOALS
My future goals are to finish my International career in great physical and mental health, and to be able to help other athletes progress to the levels I have reached in sport, and beyond! Through mentoring, management and physical training, I hope to aid athletes in finding their path and achieving their wildest dreams!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery 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.
Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned British Champion Ezekiel Ewulo on the 4th of July 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?
Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Ezekiel Ewulo, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery 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 British Champion Ezekiel Ewulo and to raise funds for key resources for Strand-On-The-Green Infant & Nursery 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.