Four United Learning academies have been chosen to help pilot a new sports based project, aimed at improving the educational achievement of young people aged between 14 and 19.
Called ‘On Track to Achieve,’ the scheme has been developed by the Group and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and sees Sheffield Park Academy, Barnsley Academy, Stockport Academy and Salford City Academy receive dedicated support from an athlete mentor from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s ‘GiveBack’ Team.
At Sheffield Park Academy, rugby league star Paul Broadbent (Sheffield Eagles and England/Great Britain) will be working with pupils, whilst InLine Skating Champion Jenna Downing will be visiting at Barnsley and Stockport Academies. British and European skateboarding champion Neil Danns will be working at Salford City Academy. All three are already helping to mentor pupils and set individual goals, as well as taking part in a series of challenges designed to help develop the students’ teambuilding and problem solving abilities. Other activities on the agenda for the scheme, which will run from March to July, include a community project and one-to-one mentoring for the students.
Although the pilot programme is unique to each school and even to each student within each school, the broad framework sees those students taking part working towards at least one of the following outcomes:
- Teachability (Young people to develop the right attitudes for learning);
- Responsibility (Young people to develop skills for managing self and leading others);
- Aspirations (Young people to raise aspirations and expectations on future life goals);
- Character (Young people to increase their confidence, self-belief and motivation);
- Knowledge (Young people to further develop their skills and knowledge).
Commenting on the ‘On Track to Achieve’ project, Sheffield Park Academy Headteacher Craig Dillon said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with Paul, using his sports based mentoring skills to help them develop and achieve their own goals, whether that be sporting, personal or academic.”