Commonwealth champion inspires Barnes Wallis pupils

Anthony Clark with some of the Barnes Wallis students EMN-150504-171636001
Anthony Clark with some of the Barnes Wallis students EMN-150504-171636001

Seven–time Commonwealth medalist Anthony Clark has been helping to inspire youngsters at of Barnes Wallis Academy as park of Sky Sports, Living for Sport project.

Anthony spent a day with students talking about the sports, science, maths and English projects they had produced as part of the initiative that uses sports stars to boost confidence, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Alice Page, Sports Enrichment Officer at Barnes Wallis Academy, said: “This project aims to show our students the diversity and breadth of the sporting world, and how the skills learnt in sport can benefit students’ learning in other core subjects. It is clear that it has really increased the confidence of those involved.”

Kicking off the day with an inspirational assembly for the whole school, Anthony went on to work with the science group, discussing why the shuttle is designed the way it is and looking at forces, aerodynamics and durability.

The sports class also demonstrated the coaching and leadership skills they had learnt, by running short activity sessions for the Year 7s. The English group’s budding journalists then interrogated Anthony in a mock conference and post match interview.

Paul MacLeod, Principal at Barnes Wallis Academy, added: “The students really enjoyed taking part in this project. What was particularly inspiring for the students was that the disciplines of being an athlete are so transferable to all parts of life. To get to where you want to be you need to work hard, be committed and above all practise, and that is vital for achieving well in your studies.”

Following the project, a group of students also had the opportunity to visit the Sky Sports Studios to see the real-life production of sports media and research.

Anthony Clark said: “Having visited more than 200 schools over the last few years, I can honestly say that the students at the academy are some of the most polite, well-mannered and wonderful students I have ever worked with. I am so proud to have been part of the project and I wish the students all the luck in the world for the future.”