Paralympian and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Captain Steve Brown visited Bishop Bell School earlier this month to find out more about a project pupils are involved in which uses the same disciplines needed in sport.
Students at the Priory Road school spoke to Steve about the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. The initiative focuses on using sports stars and sports skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.
Schools have been asked to submit their project ideas to Sky Sports.
Bishop Bell School pupils have been working on a scheme which is aimed at easing the transition for pupils in primary and junior school to secondary school.
Students at the secondary school are currently working with pupils in Year Five and Six and have been visiting Stafford School to speak to them about the move into a higher school. A key part of this sees the group run football sessions on a Tuesday with a key focus on teamwork.
When Steve came to Eastbourne last Friday (October 11) Year 10 pupils at Bishop Bell School spoke to him about their project idea and he also met with GCSE students in Year 11.
The day had started with the sportsman talking about his background and interest in sport and students were also able to share their sporting experience with him.
Mr Honeybourne, Head of PE, endorsed the project. He said, “Having access to elite athletes through the Sky Sports Living For Sport scheme is a motivating factor to our pupils.
“Hearing Steve’s story was inspiring for all involved, pupils and staff.
“The project has been a huge success to date.”
Different mentors for the project include boxer Natasha Jonas and swimmer Cassie Patten.
To find out more about the project got to the website: http://livingforsport.skysports.com