St Stephens Catholic Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Ayaz Bhuta. Can you help us make it happen?
St Stephens Catholic Primary School is a happy, welcoming and caring environment where all adults and children are treated with respect and compassion.
All members of staff work collaboratively, recognising and celebrating each other as unique, and they are committed to nourishing a true feeling of belonging.
At the school they embrace a holistic and inclusive approach to their children’s education; with each pupil being provided with challenging, creative and exciting learning opportunities, so that every single child achieves their full potential, and is eager for the next memorable day in the school.
Ayaz was born with Robert's Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects both upper and lower body limbs. Ayaz is 3ft 7 inches tall and weighs 45kg. Despite having spent most of his childhood and early teenage years in and out of hospital undergoing corrective procedures, Ayaz has always been a sports enthusiast and was always keen on taking part in sports. Being the only disabled student at his primary school was a challenge, as due to fears of health and safety, Ayaz’s sporting activity was limited, until one day when he showed real capability in participating in a playground football game which helped break down some barriers.
During his college years, Ayaz struggled to cope with his disability. During this period he was very inactive, became overweight and had little confidence. To help him overcome these issues, Ayaz started playing Wheelchair Basketball where his self-confidence improved over time. Wheelchair Basketball is a non-contact sport, something Ayaz never really grasped as he became accustomed to getting sent off pretty much every game!
Shortly after getting involved with Wheelchair Basketball Ayaz was scouted by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. To qualify to play Wheelchair Rugby the participant has to have an impairment in 3 or 4 limbs. It is also the only full contact Paralympic sport; something which caught Ayaz's attention. After several months of training, Ayaz was called up to represent GB in a Four Nations tournament in Australia. It was after this tournament that Ayaz was told that he probably wouldn't have a career internationally.
Despite this setback, Ayaz continued training and two years later he was selected for the GB Development team to compete at a tournament in Prague where he was named in the All Star team. After this, Ayaz was re-called into the GB Elite team and on his return tournament he was named in the All Star team. Since his return, Ayaz has become a double European Champion, competed at two World Championships (one where he was voted the Fan's Most Valuable Player) and competed in his first Paralympics in Rio 2016. Ayaz is currently in training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics where he hopes to fulfill his dream of winning a Paralympic medal.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with St Stephens Catholic Primary 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!
SFC 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%. SFC is a government audited organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance.
During the assembly, SFC 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, SFC envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
Alongside Team SFC, 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 CIC 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.
St Stephens Catholic Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Ayaz Bhuta on the 22nd of July 2021 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?
St Stephens Catholic Primary School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Ayaz Bhuta the pupils and teachers will be given the tools to respond to issues like a pandemic, begin to focus on friendships and social engagement all while improving their physical and mental well being.
St Stephens Catholic Primary School will benefit from the money raised to invest in key front-line services and equipment.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Ayaz Bhuta and to raise funds for key resources for St Stephens Catholic 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.