Active Schools Partnership's Athlete Mentor Visit

Published on 08/06/2018

ESPO’s first Active Schools Partnership Competition winner, Morland Church of England Primary School in Ipswich received their Athlete Mentor Visit recently.
The school were visited by athlete Montell Douglas, who has had a successful athletics career in sprinting. Her career highlights include the 2008 Summer Olympics, breaking the national record for her time in the 100m sprint in 2008 and Commonwealth Gold in 4x100m. She has since started a competitive career in bobsleigh, representing Great Britain as well as working alongside Youth Sports Trust as a spokeswoman for health and wellbeing.

Montell started her visit to Morland by spending time with each class where she was given an introduction and got to know the students. This gave the children the chance to ask her any questions they had about sprinting and professional competing. They were then tasked with making Montell a welcome poster, with the winning selections from each year group receiving a goody bag of ESPO products, along with a mini trophy and a signed picture.

The school also took part in a full assembly with Montell, who presented the winners of the welcome poster competition with their prizes. She then spoke to the whole school about her journey into sprinting, competing professionally and her experience as an Olympic athlete before asking the students to consider how trying their best is more important than winning. She took with her a host of images and video clips of her in action to get everyone engaged; one lucky student even had the chance to try on her bobsleigh suit!
The students then got the opportunity to run with the Olympic sprinter, as Montell joined each year group in completing their ‘Daily Mile’ – an activity the entire school undertakes each day which encourages all of their students to walk or run around their school field for ten minutes. The day was a lot of fun for the students, who all enjoyed getting their books, pictures, and in some cases shoes, signed by Montell!

From everyone here at ESPO, we would like to say a massive congratulations to Morland Church of England Primary School for winning the competition. We would just like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the staff for going that extra mile, putting a focus on sports in their school and pushing the ethos shared with Youth Sports Trust.
Luke Richardson, Morland Primary’s PE Co-Ordinator who submitted their entry for the competition says, “A focus on sports has definitely had a positive impact on our school. It teaches children so many life skills such as perseverance, determination, communication and organisation as well as keeping children fit and active. The children were so excited to meet Montell; they really enjoyed being able to run with her and the children (and staff) were fascinated by her stories. It was an enjoyable day for all and very motivating and inspirational for our students”.


How to get involved:

Think you have what it takes to become our next winner?

Full details for our summer term
Active Schools Partnership Competition are available by registering on our Active Schools Partnership portal and visit the competition tab.

The closing date for this competition is Friday 29 June 2018.


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