Inspirational day at sports college

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What a truly inspirational day I had at Balby Carr Community Sports College in Doncaster 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.

It was wonderful to see what a positive impact Sky Sports Living for Sport, which uses sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people, has had on pupils in Balby Carr Community Sports College.

The pupils I met were a credit to Balby Carr Community Sports College and were full of enthusiasm, commitment and energy.

My role as an athlete mentor for the scheme, which is delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, 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 at Balby Carr Community Sports College I encouraged them to think about the skills we learn through doing sport and how these can be applied to improve their lives.

Sport helps people think, helps people listen, helps people to speak up and helps people work together.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their achievements, and encourage them to keep focused on reaching their goals.

Sport is not only about talent or winning medals; it brings together all the life skills needed to succeed, including hard work, self-belief, determination and passion.

Initiatives like this are about teaching young people to strive to be the best that they can be.

Jenna Downing, world champion inline skater