I would like to take this opportunity to say what an incredibly inspiring day I had at Longridge Towers School in Berwick Upon Tweed last week.
Meeting the teachers running their Sky Sports Living for Sport project and the pupils involved was truly inspiring.
I received a very enthusiastic welcome from the school and all the young people who were very keen to share their experiences and insights from their project with me.
My role as a Sky Sports Athlete Mentor for Living for Sport is to motivate pupils to be the best that they can be in all areas of their life
I do this by running a mixture of different sporting activities for the students and my sharing own experiences as a professional sports person.
The pupils I met on this visit were a credit to Longridge Towers School and, as is so often the case in this job, I came away from Longridge Towers School feeling incredibly inspired myself.
I told the pupils at Longridge Towers School about my own story of overcoming difficulties to excel in my chosen sport and also shared the British Athletes Commission’s ‘Six Keys to Success’ which include planning for success, hunger to achieve and mental toughness.
I encouraged them to think about the skills you learn through participating in sport and how these can be applied to improve all areas of their lives.
Different sports inspire different people but one thing is true, there’s a sport for everyone and it can be life changing. I hope that I have encouraged the pupils who attend Longridge Towers School to keep focused on reaching their goals.
Craig Heap is a Commonwealth gold medal winning gymnast and Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport. Secondary schools can find out more and sign up at www.skysports.com/livingforsport