Athlete Mentor Programme
On Monday 3rd July 2017, the pupils of Cassiobury Infant & Nursery School were extremely excited to meet Olympic Finalist, former British Record Holder and Commonwealth Gold Medalist...Montell Douglas!
Montell visited our school as part of an athlete mentor programme (funded by Sports Premium money), in which the Youth Sport Trust deploys some of Britain’s most successful world class athletes into schools to inspire young people and improve thousands of lives all across the UK. The team is made of past and present athletes across a wide variety of sports who have all competed at an elite level, with many having experience of Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games along with World and European Championships.
Although they have all tasted success, they have also all come up against challenges in their lives and have inspiring stories about how sport has helped them in their career. The team also has extensive experience of engaging with young people in the capacity of mentors and role models to create aspiration and provide support for young people to achieve their personal best in sport or life.
Montell Douglas talked to pupils in a whole school assembly about her achievements, her skills of perseverance and how she overcame injury to make it into the Team GB squad for the Beijing Olympics.
"It was fun and great to spend time with my son in his school. We will definitely play some of the games at home."
"I really enjoyed the activities and spending time with my child."
"A really enjoyable session, thanks for the opportunity."
Pupil voice - The children were asked: what one word describes how you felt spending time with the athlete? Here are some of their answers...
"inspiring" "excited" "active" "fun" "energetic" "interesting" "happy" "good" "joyful"