Newfield pupils an inspiration

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From: Jenna Downing

World No1 female inline skater

What a truly inspirational day I had at Newfield Secondary School meeting the young people and teachers involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport!

My heartfelt thanks go to the many staff and pupils who welcomed me so warmly and shared their thoughts, experiences, aspirations and learnings from this initiative. The pupils I met were a credit to Newfield and were full of enthusiasm, commitment and energy.

My role as an athlete mentor is to inspire pupils, by drawing upon my own experiences of sport, the obstacles I overcame and the life lessons I have gleaned through sport. As is so often the case on these visits, I came away feeling incredibly inspired myself.

During my time with the pupils I encouraged them to think about the skills we learn through doing sport and how these can be applied to improve their lives. After all, sport is not just about fitness – sport helps people think, helps people listen, helps people to speak up and helps people work together.