When Bethan Gill says she would never be the person she is now without Sky Sports Living for Sport, she really means it. Bethan has been described as a role model student; well-known and respected by all her peers at Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College, not only for her success on the sports field, but for her academic achievements and inspirational character.
Shining role model Stacey Howard works only two days a week as a specialist teacher at Holy Family Carlton, but has given up almost all her spare time to support the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport programme – transforming the lives of dozens of students in the process.
The innovative choice of Aussie Rules Football for a Sky Sports Living For Sport project at Rastrick High School saw remarkable results as students not only fell in love with a new sport but made incredible strides in English lessons at the same time.
Frankie was one of a number of students selected to participate in a Sky Sports Living for Sport ‘Aussie Rules’ football project, designed to improve behaviour, attendance and attainment in English. The innovative choice of sport was carefully designed to ensure that students would all enjoy taking part and that none would have prior experience, giving all a level playing field.
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Student of the Year Finalist: Rhiannon Bracher, The Sele School
When Rhiannon Bracher stood up to give a speech on her Sky Sports Living for Sport project in front of all her peers and a local MP her teacher, Natalie Wilsher, described it as one of the proudest moments of her teaching career. That sums up just what an incredible journey The Sele School student has been on.
Teacher of the Year Finalist: Paul Donaghy, Durham Community Business College
Paul Donaghy, a PE teacher at Durham Community Business College, has been a torch bearer for Sky Sports Living for Sport since the very start, 11 years ago, and there are few teachers in the country with more experience or passion for the initiative.
Teacher of the Year Finalist: Michael Cox, Bedford Academy
Inspirational Michael Cox says he became a teacher to make a difference to young people’s lives - and having helped Bedford Academy produce the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year in 2012, as well as the East of England regional student winner in 2011, he is now on course for recognition himself.
Project of the Year Finalist: Parrs Wood High School
A highly-praised Sky Sports Living For Sport project at Parrs Wood High School has made a huge impact on the lives of students by harnessing the self-discipline of boxing.
How lucky are these guys? Chobham Academy is situated inside the Stratford Olympic Park and students have the chance to appear in one of the famous venues for their sportsday.
In Part 1 Jeanette Kwakye teaches school kids about the 1500m and Sir Roger Bannister's record-breaking four-minute mile. Part 2 sees the Sky Sports Living for Sport pupils do their best on the track. Can they beat the 4 minute mile?
The Untraditional Sports Day
Creative pupils from Prestatyne High School decided to stage an untraditional sports day to get the school taking part in different sports. Calumn and Rachael talk us through the day which is part of their Sky Sports Living for Sport project. They are also joined by Athlete Mentor Jenna Downing
Leicester teacher named UK Teacher of the Year
Leicestershire-based PE teacher, Lesley Reynolds of Brockington College in Enderby, has today been named the Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the Year 2012.
Wayne Instrell named UK Student of the Year
Wayne Instrell of Bedford Academy has been named the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year 2012 and presented with his reward by Olympians Jessica Ennis-Hill and Darren Campbell
Lesley Reynolds - Teacher of the Year
Lesley Reynolds, a Senior Teaching Assistant at Brockington College, has been responsible for the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport projects for the last eight years. Lesley's commitment to the initiative has led to over 150 pupils participating in Sky Sports Living for Sport projects.
Alan Keane - Teacher finalist
Alan Keane, a PE teacher at Lampton School in Hounslow, has led the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport projects for the last three years. Alan works with pupils using Sky Sports Living for Sport resources to improve their attainment.
Natalie Wilsher - Teacher finalist
Natalie Wilsher, The Sele School
Teacher of the Year 2012 finalist
Natalie Wilsher, a PE and Science teacher at The Sele School in Hertford, has been responsible for the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport projects for the last three years. Natalie focuses on working with pupils who have low attainment levels or those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) with the objective being to increase their self-esteem and improve behaviour.
Justice Dje - Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Finalist
Justice moved to the UK from the Ivory Coast when she was ten. Her first language is French and she was very withdrawn and lacked confidence in PE, however she began to shine throughout the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, becoming an active member of the group, particularly after the first Athlete Mentor visit from Jenna Downing.
Dylan McLachlan - Wales Regional Finalist
Dylan was an enthusiastic participant throughout the Sky Sports Living for Sport project and was particularly inspired by a visit from Athlete Mentor Thinus Delport. Despite being faced with a highly demanding challenge both physically and mentally, Dylan showed great commitment, determination to complete a 100km cycling expedition in just two days.
Alan Townley - South West Regional Finalist
Since starting the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, Alan has been moved up a school year and his enhanced enthusiasm has seen him receive several academic rewards. See how a recent visit from Athlete Mentor Thinus Delport led to Alan showing a new passion for rugby, going on to represent the Year 8 team in all their fixtures so far this season.
Cassidy Rolfe-Yates - South East Regional Finalist
Cassidy did not let an arm injury get in the way of her involvement with the Sky Sports Living for Sport project. It gave her the opportunity to make new friends from all school year groups and she is now brimming with confidence - continually finding sports that she can perform well in.
David Edmeades - Scotland Regional Finalist
David has difficulties with social communication and interaction related to autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delay and anxiety but the Sky Sports Living for Sport project helped change David’s behaviour in lessons, boosted his self-confidence, and his body language and interaction with peers also improved.
Fionnuala O'Hagan - Northern Ireland Regional Finalist
Fionnula was chosen for the Sky Sports Living for Sport project to help boost her self-confidence and encourage her to take part in sports despite being registered blind because of a rare genetic eye condition called Achromatopsia. See how the project gave her self esteem a massive boost - even giving her the confidence to train and play a match with the first year girl’s Gaelic football team.
Ben Clark - North West Finalist
Early on in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project at Kingsland School, Ben’s skills as a leader became obvious and he showed great maturity when helping and encouraging peers who were not as capable as himself. See how Athlete Mentor Jenna Downing’s words of advice about the importance of looking after his body and health were taken on board by Ben.
Emma Barnwell - North East Regional Finalist
Emma Barnwell was one of a number of students at All Saints CE School who had low self-confidence. See how the Sky Sports Living for Sport project helped increase her self-esteem, learn new skills and gain a sense of achievement.
Maariyah Atta - London Regional Finalist
Maariyah was one of 20 ambassadors for the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, Gateway to Success, at Brentford School for Girls. She demonstrated excellent time management and commitment, inspiring many students to take part in the sports clubs and extra-curricular activities.
Wayne Instrell - East of England Regional Finalist
See how the Sky Sports Living for Sport project helped improve Wayne's confidence and outlook on life. Since taking part in the project he has learnt to swim, joined his local rugby club and returned to mainstream lessons after he had suffered from bullying.
Iqra Shah - East Midlands Regional Finalist
Iqra was one of 12 girls selected to take part in Frederick Gent School's Sky Sports Living for Sport project. See how a visit from Athlete Mentor Anthony Clark motivated her with an inspirational talk about how sport can improve all areas of life.
Alex Griffiths, West Midlands Regional Finalist
Ten students from Earl Mortimer College were selected to take part in the college’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project because they needed support in engaging with the school curriculum. The focus of the project was on developing social, physical and mental skills through the medium of sport.
Nick Wood - Winner of the Student of the Year Award 2011
See how the initiative has helped Nick who received an award for being the East Midlands Regional Finalist at the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards 2011
Nahida Begum - 2010/2011 East of England Regional Finalist
Nahida had always been an excellent student, with impeccable behaviour, but she lacked the confidence to push herself to achieve her full potential. See how her Sky Sports Living for Sport project helped her to develop.
Charlotte Dale - 2010/2011 North West Regional Finalist
See how the Living for Sport initiative has helped Charlotte and her school to become more determined to succeed and why Charlotte became the North West Regional Finalist.
Lindsay McGlone - 2010/2011 Yorkshire and The Humber Regional Finalist
Lindsay struggled socially at school in Year 7. She was bullied due to her weight which caused her self-confidence to drop and she became extremely self-conscious during PE lessons. She did not enjoy taking part in physical activity and PE through fear of what others might say.
Emma Cassell - 2010/2011 North East Regional Finalist
Emma was one of Manor Technology College’s Gifted & Talented Sports programme students selected to participate in a Sky Sports Living for Sport project which encouraged sporty students to get involved in new sports, with the support of dedicated sessions and coaches. See how swimming has helped Emma
Mark Ferguson - 2010/2011 Scotland Regional Finalist
Mark Ferguson, whose autism impairs his social and communication skills, enjoys being outdoors but requires a high degree of structure in tasks set. The specially tailored Sky Sports Living for Sport project saw Mark undertake an increasingly challenging series of outdoor walking activities within the beautiful countryside surrounding the school. See how he got on...
Shaquille Jack - 2010/2011 South East Regional Finalist
A talented sportsman, Shaquille excels in athletics with success in county and district competitions, as well as the AVIVA English Schools Championships. He was given the opportunity by teachers at Sir William Ramsay School to come up with a Sky Sports Living for Sport project.
Zac Lavers - 2010/2011 South West Regional Finalist
Zac, an academically able pupil and talented sportsman, was chosen by The Castle School to take part in Sky Sports Living for Sport after suffering poor health and a disruptive home life, which greatly affected his attendance and performance at school. See how Zac made it to being the South West Regional Finalist
Yahya Muhieddine - 2010/2011 London Regional Finalist
Teachers at Lampton School felt that Sky Sports Living for Sport could help Yahya tap into his passion for sport in order to inspire and motivate him to improve his self-control and teach him the importance of discipline and dedication. See how Yaha got on and how he became London's Regional Finalist
Abdul Jalil - 2010/2011 West Midlands Regional Finalist
Abdul was selected by Blue River Academy to take part in a Sky Sports Living for Sport project that sought to improve local people’s health and the environment and ultimately improve pupils’ self esteem and social interaction.
Eoghan Doherty - 2010/2011 Ireland Regional Finalist
Eoghan Doherty was one of nearly 100 pupils selected by St. Mary’s Grammar School in Magherafelt to participate in ‘Fun Sports’, a six week Sky Sports Living for Sport project that encouraged pupils to improve their health, wellbeing and fitness by participating in physical activities.
Ethan Ashby - 2010/2011 Wales Regional Finalist
Ethan Ashby was one of a group of young people from the Engage alternative education programme chosen to take part in the project. See how he made it to the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards
Where are you now Sheena?
We have been able to catch up with Sheena, who benefited from the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative in 2003.
Sheena tells us how the initiative changed her outlook for the better.
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Leigh - where are you now
We have been able to catch up with Leigh, who benefited from the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative in 2007.
Leigh tells us how the initiative changed his out look for the better.
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Joe - where are you now
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We’ve been able to track down and catch up with some young people that benefited from the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative from the past years.
The videos tell us how they have been inspired and driven to even greater goals.
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Liam O’Rourke, Kate Rowe-Elliot, Daniel Hucker and Shaquille Jack
Liam O’Rourke (17], Kate Rowe-Elliot , Daniel Hucker (15) and Shaquille Jack (15), part of the school’s Gifted and Talented team.
Danielle disliked going to school and shied away from taking part in sports. Self-conscious and lacking confidence in her ability to perform physical activities.
Jamie Turley, 18, was encouraged by PE teacher, John Ellis, to take part in the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project to develop his leadership skills by becoming a Youth Ambassador for the school.
Dealing with a low level of fitness, Samantha had always found physical activity challenging and would actively avoid PE lessons whenever she could
Conor was chosen to take part in the initiative because he struggled with his attendance, spending most of his second year absent from school.
Initially very apprehensive about his involvement in the project, Kurt, after some planning, met the tasks head on.
Alison Ellen Jane Padgett
Struggling with a lack of confidence and problems with her weight, Alison had a tendency to act out in class in order to hide her low self-esteem.
Before taking part in Sky Sports Living for Sport, Alexandria had struggled with her self-belief and found Maths in particular very hard to engage with.
Prospect School identified Idrees as a candidate for Sky Sports Living for Sport to help him tackle problems affecting his attainment and achievement in other areas of his schooling.
Before taking part in the boxing programme Lewis had, at times, found it difficult to focus and also had the tendency to lose his temper and to get frustrated by things.
Prior to his participation in Sky Sports Living for Sport, James had started to fall behind and lacked the confidence required to succeed in his studies.
Samantha Latham Talbot
Samantha had always played an active role in school sport, but lacked confidence in her own ability.
Dealing with a low level of fitness, Samantha had always found physical activity challenging and would actively avoid PE lessons whenever she could.
Finding the transition to secondary school a challenging experience, Tom’s self-esteem suffered and as a result he had difficulty integrating with his classmates and forming friendship groups.
Prior to participating in Sky Sports Living for Sport, Ben had found it challenging to channel his energy into classes he did not enjoy.