Sky Sports Living for Sport Projects

Living for sport is a national programme backed by Sky and the Youth Sport Trust. The programme uses the motivational power of sport to inspire young people.

The school have used Living for Sport as a motivational tool to help and support our students for a number of years now.

In 2011 – 12 we ran two projects one for a group of twelve Year 7 students who needed support with literacy, the other for a group of Year 8 students who needed encouragement to modify some of their behaviour. Katy Storie former England Women’s Rugby Union prop forward and Craig Heap former British Gymnast worked with the students to encourage them to develop some key life skills. The projects were both popular and successful with the students.

Overview of the projects:

  • Project Name
    • Fit for Literacy (Year 7)
  • Reason for your project
    • To improve self-confidence
    • To improve self-esteem
    • To improve attainment
    • To improve attitudes to learning
    • To improve social skills
  • Project description
    • Using twelve KS4 students as mentors to twelve Year 7 students who need support in their literacy skills.
    • Pre school session, 20 minutes sport, 20 minutes breakfast as a group, 20 minutes 1 to 1 mentoring / support in literacy.
  • Project Name
    • Year Living for Sport (Year 8)
  • Reason for your project
    • To improve self-confidence
    • To improve self-esteem
    • To improve attitudes to learning
    • To improve social skills
  • Project description
    • Twelve selected Year 8 students collected points on a weekly basis to access a sporting opportunity on Wednesday mornings for 2 hours.

Six keys to success

When the Katy and Craig visited the school, as well as explaining how the initiative would work, they also introduced the six keys to success which have been developed in partnership with the British Athletes Commission.

The six keys to success are:

  1. Mental toughness
  2. Hunger to achieve
  3. People skills
  4. Sports and life knowledge
  5. Breaking barriers
  6. Planning for success

The six keys to success are designed to help young people develop valuable life skills that will help them in and outside of school, now and into the future.

I really enjoyed working with my mentor. He helped me improve my reading and writing skills. I also enjoyed doing the sport and having my breakfast in the Dining Hall

Liam Anderson, Year 7 2011/12

I collected points in all my lessons. When I had enough points I was able to go Rock Climbing, Skateboarding, Orienteering and play Football, Basketball and Rounders. Living for sport was great fun and it helped me a lot in my other lessons

Tommy Fairhurst, Year 8 2011/12