Teacher of the year praises Athlete Mentors for their work with young students
- Wed 16th Jan '13
Athlete Mentor Casey Stoney visited The Phoenix School in Lincolnshire, just before Christmas. This was Casey’s first visit to the school and the pupils were extremely excited to meet the Lincoln Ladies, England and Team GB women’s football captain.
Initially Casey worked with a group of pupils who are going to be undertaking a fencing project in the near future. The fencing project was derived through the inspirational London Olympics.
The fencing starter kit was purchased with the money The Phoenix School received from Darren Taxis winning SSLFS Teacher of the Year 2011. Darren has now organised for sixteen members of staff to undertake a teachers fencing qualification to deliver fencing in PE and during the after school activities.
Casey spoke to the pupils about her upbringing and the obstacles she has had to overcome in order to become successful in her field. The pupils responded very positively to Casey’s story and were very keen to ask questions and take part in a number of team building practical activities. Casey also allowed them to try on her England Caps
Casey also led a football session for a group of pupils and delivered an unbelievable and truly inspirational assembly to the whole school.
Darren commented on the great work that Casey and the other Athlete Mentors are doing as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport,
“We are really enjoying being part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme and our pupils gain so much from it. This 2012/2013 academic year we have had visits from Boxer Dermot Gascoyne and from England women’s footballer Casey Stoney. Both visits were excellent and the pupils really enjoyed speaking to the Athlete Mentors and listening to their inspirational stories.”
“I think the programme is fantastic and the pupils thrive on meeting the mentors and understanding that they need to make the right choices in life.”
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