A group of Year 10s found out what it takes to become a top class athlete this week, and how the keys to success in sport can be applied to success in learning and life. The students participated in a visit from wheelchair rugby Paralympian Aaron Phipps and BMX world champion Mike Mullen as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport, a nationwide initiative that sends athlete mentors into schools to help motivate students through sport build confidence and develop valuable life skills.
Alongside visiting students from our fellow SJL Academies Trust school, Robert Barclay Academy, the group took part in a series of workshops run by the mentors, exploring themes such as mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills and planning for success. A practical session in BMX techniques, led very ably by Mike Mullen, proved the highlight of what was an inspiring day for all.
Head of Year 10, Miss Demain, said: “It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and a great opportunity to collaborate with one of our partner schools in the Trust. The students learned valuable skills, including strategies to understanding that failure is a positive step towards success. We’re confident that they will go on to apply these skills, not only in their learning but in life too.”
Year 10 student Ben Shenton-Smith, said: “The day was motivational for now and later on in life. It was very inspirational and made me want to try my best.”
Fellow Year 10, Antonio Spasiano, was equally enthusiastic: “It was inspirational and made me think about my future. When I found out what Aaron (Paralympian) had achieved, I thought about what I wanted to achieve.”
Visiting athlete Mike Mullen commented: “Sky Sports for Living for Sport is a great initiative to be involved in, giving young people the inspiration and confidence to succeed and be whatever they want to be in life. We had a fantastic day at Samuel Ryder Academy; the students were a real credit to the school, making a positive contribution to discussions and putting their all into the practical BMX session. Well done to all who participated.”
Thanks to all involved for making the day go smoothly – we hope to be able to repeat it in future years.