The Ysgol Rhos Helyg Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Tregaron, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd July 2024 we successfully raised £408 with 15 supporters in 21 days

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by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in Tregaron, Ceredigion, United Kingdom


Ysgol Rhos Helyg are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Ultra Runner Alan Bateson. Alan 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!

The vision was reviewed to ensure that every pupil fulfils the Curriculum’s four core purposes in order to become:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

Who's Coming?

How I started:

I’ve been running and competing since I was in Primary school. I represented the school up to county level through primary and high school, I felt like a talented cross-country runner! I also loved Football, and still do to this day! The mental resilience and the mindset needed to continue on these adventures is huge, and that’s what I have been honing throughout the majority of my life! I fell out of love with running a lot, but around the age of thirty I met a man called Tim Davis who began coaching me and taught me how to perfect my technique and strive for larger distances! I ran my first Marathon when I was forty, and that was quickly followed by even longer races like 50k, 50 miles, then 100k, and then I jumped right up to 177 when I raised £21000 for a charity called CALM.

My Greatest Achievement:

My greatest achievement is setting the FKT (Fastest-known time) running around the entire country of Wales which was 870 miles for the first phase, and then completing Offas Dyke which made the run 1059 miles total. This took me 22 days and was filmed as a documentary! I was burning 8-10000 calories a day, and then having to eat to maintain my energy too.

My Greatest Challenge:

My greatest challenge has been tendinitis which has now evolved into full-blown Tendonopathy which means I cannot run at the moment. I have seen a consultant who has said it will take 6-12months to heal it. I have tears in my quadriceps tendon. Right now I am focussing on a 100 mile run in Chester, and I was hoping to attempt the Wales coast path again to beat my own time, but it doesn’t look like it’s on the cards due to this! The recovery is filled with a lot of gym work, heavy squatting, shockwave therapy, and a lot of time and rest!

My Hobbies:

When I’m not running you can usually find me at the Gym training, taking my kids to their football/rugby training or cheering them on at their matches, mentoring young people, I am also a PT and a running coach!

My Future Aspirations:

In the future I am looking forward to completing two 100 mile races in May and September, I am also looking to refine my 100 mile strategy. I’d also like to go back and break my own record around Wales. I would also like to set off one day and see how far I can run without stopping!

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.

Ysgol Rhos Helyg will be receiving an inspirational visit from Ultra Runner Alan Bateson, on the the 17th 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?

Ysgol Rhos Helyg is promoting  health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Alan Bateson, 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.

Ysgol Rhos Helyg 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 Ultra Runner Alan Bateson, to raise funds for key resources for Ysgol Rhos Helyg.

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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