Woodlands Secondary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Team GB Basketballer Pierre Henry-Fontaine. Can you help us make it happen?
Woodlands Secondary School is a special needs school for students aged between 11 – 18 years old. The school caters for students with severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many students have additional complex needs including autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, physical or sensory impairments; some students have additional medical needs. All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
The school is situated on Marsh Farm in Luton and the students who attend the school come from across the town.
At Woodlands they also believe that learning is a life-long journey and they aim to inspire and support all children and young people to achieve their full potential. The school's curriculum offer is tailored to the individual needs of the young person. Their broad and balanced curriculum focuses on functional learning and incorporates life-skills to support and promote independence. Woodlands School provides a vibrant, fun and inclusive educational community where all members, students, their families and staff, are continuously learning together.
Woodlands Secondary School believe that children and young people learn best when they are happy and emotional well-being has a high priority.
HOW I STARTED
I first picked up a basketball at 12 years old on the South Acton Estate in London and I was hooked. Growing through the ranks of the junior circuit and then onto playing in the big league – my passion for the game was always at a high and I was a talented player, however my sporting achievements were never seen on par in comparison with my academic efforts coupled with the fact that Basketball was a new sport to the UK – the resources were simply not there to push me to the highest level.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement has to be when I ruptured my Achilles tendon twice in the space of two years. It ended up being a career ending experience but I decided to transfer my skill set into helping people by becoming an athlete and youth mentor which is a job that fills me with great pride.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge is sustaining a career ending knee injury that put me out of the sport. My sporting journey could have ended there, but I wanted to continue. So I started a fitness and personal training company that would help aspiring athletes reach the levels that I did and more!
My hobbies are fitness, socialising and cooking. I love fitness, and spend every single day improving my health and wellbeing, be it cooking nutritional meals or exercising, I am always thinking about fitness! I also love socialising, being an athlete, it Is hard to find the time to spend with friends and have fun, so when I get the chance, I always love it! My favourite meal is a classic chicken Caesar wrap!
MY ASPIRATIONS AND FUTURE
As life moved on however, my love for the game never died as I continued to play semi pro and I focused on achieving my optimum condition as an athlete. As the next generation of talented young players came through the ranks – they looked to me for guidance and advice. My focus was then to expand my knowledge base so I could help to fill the gaps not just for those basketball players but all athletes. I trained and qualified as a Level 3 Personal trainer and expanded upon my personal understanding and research on conditioning the body for optimum performance.
My main goal for the future is to expand on my company 360 Elite – this company is my true passion and our vision is to make the world have a 360 Elite state of mind, which has a 360 holistic approach towards creating a well-balanced elite person. Tackling physical, mental and spiritual aspects of training. We work to provide essential knowledge to young people who have extraordinary gifts, so they are well prepared in life. We pride ourselves on meeting people at the point of their needs whether amateur or professional.
Our vision is to be a positive contributor within society and the wider world to impact generations to come. We are passionate about bringing families together, and giving young people access to professional training in a professional environment. We thrive in working with individuals who do not have a healthy work life balance, and through each of our strands, our core values of empowerment, support and education are at the forefront of every interaction that we have with our clients/students.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Woodlands Secondary 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.
Woodlands Secondary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Team GB Basketballer on the 23rd of May 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?
Woodlands Secondary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Pierre Henry-Fontaine, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Woodlands Secondary 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 Team GB Basketballer Pierre Henry-Fontaine and to raise funds for key resources for Woodlands Secondary 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.