Team GB Paralympic star Steve Brown visited Cavendish School to inspire pupils to get active and try new sports.
Steve Brown, who captained the wheelchair rugby team at this summer’s Paralympic games, held an assembly at the secondary school to tell the pupils about his experiences and how to get into different sports.
Steve Brown said, “It is a real privilege coming in to share my experiences of the games, about my life and to be able to teach them about how to become a successful person in sport and in life.”
Belane Bale, 15, said, “It is near enough a dream to have Steve here. It’s amazing.”
The pupils’ reactions to Steve were fantastic as they really gelled with each other.
Laughter and chatter was constant throughout in a laid-back but engaging manner.
Lizzie Bigsby, 15, added, “Today makes us feel we can do so much in the local area through the sport that we do. We can see it in the teaching.”
The young adults of Year 10 were taught about Olympic values and how being physically active helps develop key personal skills.
Steve Brown said, “It is important to use sport to make people realise the transferable skills that can be used in life.”
Lizzie Bigsby added, “To have someone here who lives for the sport and who has got to the top of their sport but still has more to give is absolutely incredible.”
Steve Brown became connected to the school through the national project Sky Sports Living for Sport whilst training with the Paralympic team.
He has captained the British squad at the 2011 European Championships as well as the Paralympics and appeared on Channel 4’s “Inside Incredible Athletes”.
The aim of the scheme set up by Cavendish School is to inspire the students as they plan to host three sport festivals for local primary schools.
The festivals will include a range of lesser-known sports such as Cheerleading, Zumba, Indoor Curling and Kinball.
As part of Sky’s national project Captain Brown will return later next year to see the pupils’ progress as the school aims to host three sport festivals for local primary schools.