Olympian inspires Reading pupils

Pupils from the John Madejski Academy's Sky Sports Living for Sport project are treated to a sporting masterclass with Olympic hockey star Alex Danson.

Pupils from the John Madejski Academy in Reading are treated to a sporting masterclass with Olympian Alex Danson today (26 October).

Hockey star Alex, who helped Team GB secure a bronze medal at London 2012, is hosting a hockey masterclass at the Academy for a group of students currently participating in the Academy's Sky Sports Living for Sport project. 

The free UK secondary schools initiative, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

The pupils, who have been selected by their teachers to take part in the project, will hear from Alex on how she progressed from playing hockey at school to representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alex will also lead a group hockey session with the students, providing them with a rare opportunity to glean some of the skilled striker's top tips for success on the pitch.

Sky Sports Living for Sport is designed to empower students and throughout the session Alex will use the British Athletes Commission's 'Six Keys to Success', which include mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success, to help them achieve their own life goals. 

Alex comments:

I'm honoured to be part of Sky Sports Living for Sport and to have the chance to get involved with the local community. Meeting pupils such as those at the John Madejski Academy who are enthusiastic and keen to improve their all round life skills is truly inspiring.  I hope that by sharing the positive experiences that sport has played in my life, I can motivate young people to improve their own lives too.

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