Wath Victoria Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with European Champion Boxer Chloe Watson. Chloe 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!
"Wath Victoria Primary School is a happy and caring 2-11 primary school which aims to be the hub of the local community. Along with high quality teaching and learning in the classroom each day"
How I Started
Ever since childhood I was always fighting my brother, and at one point my mum and dad decided to take him to a self defence gym to teach him some skills, he came back after the first session and recommended that I go, so I did. We started off by learning Kickboxing, and then took a short break before I asked my dad if I could rejoin the gym. We had a look around for a new gym, and eventually found one, we gave them call and they offered two different classes; Boxing at the start of the week, and Kickboxing in the middle. I remember choosing Boxing because it was held first and I was extremely excited to pick up a sport again.
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is winning a gold medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games. I remember being really excited to participate in this event because it wasn’t just my first time fighting in the Youth Commonwealth Games, but it was also the first year female boxing was on the roster too. I am also looking forward to the future as I can see this changing as my career grows, so hopefully I’ll different answer next time this question is asked!
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge has been the wide barriers and lack of support that wasn’t just not shown to me, but also the sport itself throughout my early years and as a teenager. This meant that things as simple as even having an opponent to fight against were extremely difficult to organise, which meant that fights could be few and far between due to the lack of opponents and awareness of the sport. I watched this shift after the London 2012 Olympics when female boxing was introduced to the Olympics meaning a lot more females were not just exposed to it in the biggest sporting event on earth, but also inspired to go out and become a part of it. I am happy to say that the scene is much healthier and thriving now as we leap from strength to strength!
Check out my podcast to learn more about me and my career. Maybe it will inspire you to write some questions for me ahead of the event!
Outside of Boxing I enjoy wild camping, bouldering, and spending time with friends and family when I’m not in the gym training.
My Future goals
In the future I hope to become the undisputed world champion and inspire as many people to not just join in, but to better themselves in any way they can along the way!
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.
Wath Victoria Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned European Champion Boxer Chloe Watson on the 21st of February 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?
Wath Victoria Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Chloe Watson, 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.
Wath Victoria 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 European Champion Boxer Chloe Watson and to raise funds for key resources for Wath Victoria 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.