The West Borough Primary School Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom

Total raised £2,371

£1,250 stretch target 8 days left
237% 86 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th June 2024 at 4:30pm

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 Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom

 New stretch target


West Borough Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Team GB Gymnast Oakley Banks. Oakley 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!

Children should be happy and successful during their time at West Borough Primary School.

Who's Coming?

How I started:

I started gymnastics through my granddad who was in the army. He used to run a sports club in the army and he used to do a lot of trampolining. When I was younger and I visited him he used to throw me about and let me run and jump over chairs, but after that we thought it was best to take me to an actual club. I started at the age of six years old and Gillingham Gymnastics Club!

My Greatest Achievement:

My greatest achievement is making the European Youth Olympic Team. I was selected in June but before that there were six competitions that counted towards the selection process. I was selected for Team GB originally at the age of eleven. The Youth Olympics were in 2022 as it was supposed to be held in 2021 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. This meant that I had to fight for my place on the team, but I had been coming second consistently throughout 2021 and early 2022 and thankfully I was selected for this major event!

My Greatest Challenge:

My greatest challenge was coming out of lockdown following the pandemic. I had told myself I wasn’t going to do Gymnastics after the lockdown because before the lockdown I had a lot of mental blocks that were stopping me from learning new skills. Things like doing full backflips were difficult as I was twisting halfway through and turning myself inside out! I got over it by taking it really slow, especially as I was allowed to go back into the gym earlier than others as I was classed as a professional.

My Hobbies:

Outside of gymnastics I enjoy driving as I am a big car person, but I don’t have certain hobbies as I mostly live every day how it comes spending time with friends and family, and dedicating my time to Gymnastics!

My Future Aspirations:

In the future I hope to be back competing for my country nationally and internationally again, but my aim is to slowly build up to being selected and competing in the 2028 Summer Olympics. This means I need to be selected for international events like the European Championships and World Championships.

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.


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.

West Borough Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from Team GB Gymnast Oakley Banks, On the the 25th of June 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?

West Borough Primary School is promoting  health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Oakley Banks, 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.

West Borough 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 Team GB Gymnast Oakley Banks, to raise funds for key resources for West Borough 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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