Water Lane Primary Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Courtney Tulloch. Courtney 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!
Based in Harlow, and set in large and beautiful grounds, Water Lane Primary Academy is very special – a happy and safe environment in which all children can learn, grow and develop into confident and successful young people.
The school has a caring team that works hard to reach high standards in everything they do each day. Water Lane also firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner in your child’s education and value your interest and support.
Through their engaging curriculum, all members of staff ensure that children can foster a passion for learning and curiosity that will help to develop: a strong knowledge base, high aspirations and a lifetime of memories. Water Lane also focus on Visible Learning strategies promotes independence, develops resilience and encourages all children to become inquisitive, life-long learners.
How I Started
When I was younger, I was a massive football fan. I watched it all the time with my brothers. One day I saw a player score a goal and do a somersault to celebrate, I thought to myself; wow, I wish I could do that. The next few weeks I drove my mum crazy cartwheeling and being upside down in the house so she took me to my first gymnastics club, which was Red Bridge Gymnastics Club, I was aged 6. The club talent identified me and told me to move to a better-facilitated club in east London, I was here for 5 years which is where my love for the sport grew. I found myself progressing rapidly and was spotted by the national head coach, I was put onto the elite performance pathway along with other children my age from various clubs. It wasn’t long before I was competing In my first competition for Great Britain, I loved every minute and thought to myself, this is what I want to do, I’m going to make it to the Olympics one day. I thrived off the buzz of competing and used this to my advantage to advance my gymnastics career.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is undoubtedly winning a gold medal in the World Cup. It was an enormous achievement for me at the time, and it filled me with joy! Knowing my family were watching me from the stands made it even more special. I even shed a tear when standing on the podium!
My hobbies include cooking, fitness and films. I love cooking a range of different meals, although my favourite has to be a simple crushed Avocado on toast! I also adore film, going to the cinema with friends is one of my favourite pastimes!
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Water Lane Primary Academy 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 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 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.
Water Lane Primary Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Double Commonwealth Games Courtney Tulloch on the 18th 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.
Where does the money go?
When parents and guardians offer their support to a Sports for Champions UK (CIC) fundraising event, they’re investing not only in their children’s present but also in the promising futures of many upcoming athletes. Here’s a breakdown of how your contributions make a 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?
Water Lane Primary Academy is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Courtney Tulloch, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Water Lane Primary Academy 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 Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Courtney Tulloch and to raise funds for key resources for Water Lane Primary Academy .
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.