Wallington County Grammar School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Luke Lennon-Ford. Can you help us make it happen?
Wallington County Grammar School's motto is Per Ardua Ad Summa, 'Through Difficulties to the Heights'. Going to school there as a student or professional means that they reach those heights daily by being part of such a successful educational organisation. What makes them great is that they meet life’s difficulties together, as a community and a family, using their core values of compassion, courage, commitment and creativity to achieve excellence. They believe that you should always show compassion to others, make decisions without self-interest and support all those in the community to be happy and successful. They must have courage, never be afraid of failure but embrace it to learn from their mistakes and better themselves. They are committed, not just to reaching academic success but to enriching themselves as scholars, sportsmen and women, artists, musicians, actors, debaters and anything else they set their minds to. Finally they are creative, always being willing to consider different solutions and think deeply about the challenges they face as individuals and as a society. Above all, they celebrate their incredible students through a culture of praise and recognition to make sure they leave them with the conviction that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
I am from Birmingham and am currently coached by Linford Christie at Brunel University. I train seven days a week for between three to four hours a day. I started athletics at about age twelve and started training twice a week with a distance running group until I saw the sprinters. I joined a sprint group and from there I went to training six days a week three to four hours a day! It took me almost eight years to make my ﬁrst international team (European under 23s 2009).
In 2010 I made my ﬁrst senior international, the World Indoor Championships in Doha and after this I decided to make a big move from Birmingham to London to train with Linford. This is where I really started to perform. In 2011 I won gold and silver at the European Under23s. In 2012 I became an Olympian, a childhood dream come true, and in 2014 myself and the person running 4x400m came second in the world to win silver in the World Indoor Championships in Poland!!!
However, in 2013 I sustained a stress fracture in my back (L5), which I returned from but in 2014 I pulled both my hamstrings, then again in 2015-2016. I made a full recovery in 2017 but I was starting from scratch. 2018 started so well but I pulled my adductor early in the season. Now I am healthy, wiser and looking forward to what the future holds! My aims for the coming season are to compete at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow 2019 and the World Outdoor Championships in Doha 2019 where it all started.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Wallington County Grammar 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.
Wallington County Grammar School is receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Luke Lennon-Ford on the 28th of May 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?
Wallington County Grammar School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdowns and with the help of a visit from Luke Lennon-Ford 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.
Wallington County Grammar 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 Luke Lennon-Ford and to raise funds for key resources for Wallington County Grammar 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.