Primary and secondary schools have different arrangements please see below.
The first visit for primary schools focuses on physical activities and having fun with our athletes whilst still being very inspirational, with an introduction to fitness and the importance of healthy eating.
“Fun, educational and extremely influential” are the words teachers have used to describe our visits to primary schools. The day starts with a very energetic enjoyable fitness challenge with every pupil in the school taking part. It’s a fast-paced training circuit after which they are awarded a sticker before they return for the next part of the day.
Next up is the ‘Athletes Assembly’ in front of the whole school. Our Athlete will give a PowerPoint presentation about their journey through life, explaining how a healthy diet has helped them reach the top of their sport. They will share their experiences and tell their stories of how they travelled to tournaments around the world, this session finishes with a Q&A session.
During the presentation there will be demonstrations of the athlete’s sport with the pupils taking part. Included will be videos and pictures of the athlete in action, during this time the Athlete’s sporting memorabilia will be passed around the children for them to hold and try on. (this could be anything from national to olympic medals, sporting awards, olympic torch etc).
There will be photograph opportunities available for all pupils together with the athlete and medals.
A school visit normally lasts around two hours but will vary depending on the size of the school. We cover large primary schools of around 500+ pupils to small schools of around fifty pupils.
Give your pupils the opportunity to train with a professional athlete, wear their medals and be their very own champion for a day in school! It truly is an amazing day that the pupils will remember for the rest of their lives!
The only requirements for a visit are a projector, gym hall with mats and benches, music speakers and most importantly… a bunch of noisy kids ready to have fun.
Our High school events are structured to prepare students for future challenges in life. Our Athlete will motivate pupils to achieve in their studies, encourage a strong work ethic and demonstrate how to develop a winning mindset. We are very flexible with secondary schools and can generally work round any issues to make sure your event runs the way you want and has the intended impact on the pupils.
We can take the whole school, one year at a time or focus on as many year groups as the school would like. Below is an example of how a typical day would run at one of our events. (for two year groups i.e. S1 and S2)
The day begins with a training session with all the pupils who have opted in for it, as training is not mandatory although we encourage as many students to get involved as possible as we run competitive sporting contests between the classes which can turn into a real laugh for all the participants.
The training varies depending on the size of the group and the athlete taking the school however it shouldn’t exceed 40 minutes. If the school has ‘houses’ we like to divide the year groups into them and award points to the best house that has came out on top after a series of sporting challenges.
After the training is completed all the students gather for the assembly which is split into two halves, finishing with a Q and A session and leaving plenty of time afterwards for everyone and anyone to mix/ask questions/talk to the athlete and have free photographs with them wearing their medals/sporting memorabilia (which can range from national to Olympic medals).
The first half of the assembly is designed to be purely inspirational which focuses on the athlete and their journey through life to get to where they are today; from their school days, the changes in their diet, their achievements and failures, their stories of how they overcame adversity and tackled their life-long goals to travelling the world representing their country in tournaments at the highest international level.
The second half of the assembly is solely centred on the students with the athlete sharing their insights and unique experiences with them as someone at the top of their field, aiming to help broaden the students’ horizons, make them feel confident about the possibilities for their future and motivate them to reach their maximum potential.
Explaining the importance of a positive mind, of using failure to build success, the power of body language in everyday situations and a general all-round package of what it takes to build a winning mindset that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Helping to compliment the efforts of educators to raise attainment, aspirations and get students thinking about the wider world and an increase in health and wellbeing.
During the presentation there will be prizes, videos, competitions and demonstrations with the students participating keeping their minds active and engaged throughout the whole of the assembly.
You really would need to search far and wide to find a more beneficial programme that uses sporting role models to motivate teenagers to go out and give life their best shot! A high school visit will normally take around 2-3 hours depending on the size of the school. The requirements are a projector, gym hall with mats, benches and music speakers.
As stated above we are extremely flexible with secondary schools and would encourage all schools to get in touch for any events involving health and wellbeing.
So how does this work financially?
We use a fundraising system which not only means the school visit is free, every time for every school, but the school also receives 60% of the funds raised. With this method there is no financial cost to the school and everything needed is provided in our welcome pack. The other 40% raised goes to help fund the athletes on our programme and any leftover is reinvested into our Inspiration for school’s project to enable us to continue visiting schools across the country.
As well as having an unforgettable day with a sporting hero, pupils will receive personalised prizes, photographs and signed memorabilia from the athlete for the money they raise. Once the school has confirmed they would like a visit we send out our welcome pack which contains everything you need for a school visit. Please get in touch if you would like any other information, have any questions or would like to hear any other payment options.
Our Welcome Pack
We provide EVERYTHING for the visit in our welcome pack with a full breakdown of the event including all the paperwork/sponsor forms etc We will have a member of our admin team in continual contact with the school throughout the full process ensuring your visit runs as smoothly as possible.
Shortly afterwards we provide a courtesy call to make sure everything went as planned and to receive your feedback on how you felt the event went. There are 3 simple steps to booking your school visit.
Step1. Fill in the form on this page, adding in any questions, queries or special requests and click ‘send’. A member of staff will be in contact shortly afterwards via email and/or phone call to answer any questions you have about the event. We understand every school works differently and we will do our best to accommodate you in every way possible.
Step2. After answering any questions and confirming a date we will send out our welcome pack with all the necessary paperwork (posters/stickers/sponsor forms etc)
Step3. Hand out the sponsor forms at least 3 weeks in advance of the visit and we’ll see you on the day of your event… it really is that simple. This truly is a unique winning set-up aimed at getting the best in the sporting business into the grass roots of our society, allowing success to develop success… join us on our Journey.
Feel free to be creative and come up with your own promotional ideas, here are mix of some of our own with some that have worked with schools in the past to create a real buzz factor in the classrooms on the day of our event and helps to boost fundraising. (mixture of primary & high school ideas)
Spend a day with the kids writing down questions with the pupils to ask the athlete at their Q&A session during the assembly.
Show inspiration for school’s promotional video at an assembly whilst handing out the sponsor forms spreading the excitement through the school and encouraging pupils to share the schools new exciting project with their parents, friends and family
Make sure the sponsor forms with the attached letter go out on time and are collected in on time.
Do a school project on the athlete or the tournaments the athlete has participated in, be it Commonwealth games, European championships or the Olympics.
Look into the history of the sport and how it’s evolved over the years
Here are some pointers for on the day of the visit that help the event run smoothly and allow the athlete to concentrate on spending more time with the pupils and less time sorting admin and other tasks that take the focus away from the children.
Make sure all the sponsor forms and money is handed in as well as the tally sheet for prizes is completed with the final total amount of pupils for of each prize listed.
Try to make sure there is a teacher on hand to help with the prize giving as an extra pair of hands really helps speed up the process and means the athlete can focus on their presentation.
During all physical activities ensure children are wearing non slip footwear and the risk assessment form has been signed by the teacher and athlete on arrival.
Designate a member of staff to be the ‘collector’ to ensure the training circuit keeps up momentum as it moves quickly from class to class and has a continual flow if energetic children joining in.
“We are on a mission to inspire the next generation of youngsters to get motivated, think bigger and live healthier lives”. Charlie Flynn
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