Athletes visiting schools to inspire kids

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Inspirational athletes


of schools rate our events as "Good" (8%) or "Excellent" (90%)


£s raised for new sports equipment


Years of working in primary schools


Schools inspired so far

Inspiring school visits

A whole school event for every child (and teacher!), led by a top international athlete, that inspires and excites everyone to be active.

  • what is it?
    Sports for Schools is a social enterprise that brings the country's top athletes into primary schools to encourage the children (and teachers!) to be more active. The athlete will run a fun fitness circuit with the children and then deliver an inspirational assembly.
  • why is it important?
    The athletes are fantastic role models who show the children the power of hard work and perseverance. The events create memories which last a lifetime and show the children the value of grit and determination.
  • how much does it cost?
    Visits do not cost the school anything. They are designed to help schools raise money to support greater physical activity and well-being for children. The events are based on a sponsorship initiative . From the grand total of the money raised, a small participation fee is deducted to cover the base cost of running the scheme. The rest of the money is split 60/40. 60% goes to the school to spend on new sports equipment or on a programme to improve physical activity and well being. 40% goes to Sports for Schools to help fund the athletes and the scheme.
  • who is it likely to be?
    All of the athletes are extraordinary role models. They have all competed at one of the four major games (Olympics/Paralympics, World or European Championships or Commonwealth Games). Sports for Schools also work with some incredible Invictus Competitors.

“The fast paced nature really engaged the children – they didn’t get a chance to become bored. Kristian was great with the children – totally on their level and they were in awe of him, especially during his demonstration.”

PE Coordinator - St Mary of the Angels - visit by Kristian Thomas 2 x Olympian and former captain of Team GB



Inspiring primary school children

Providing pupils with role models whilst raising funds to enhance physical activity at school

  • what is the event?
    Sports for Schools is a social enterprise that brings the country’s top athletes to primary schools to run energetic events that inspire kids to be more active and pursue their goals. The visit is typically for half a day with a motivational fitness circuit and an inspirational assembly.
  • why is it important?
    The athletes are fantastic role models who show the children the power of hard work, perseverance, grit and resilience.
  • where does the sponsorship money go?
    The children are being sponsored to complete a fun fitness circuit alongside the athlete. The money raised will be used by your school to support greater physical activity in school and to enable Sports for Schools to keep running and support & fund top athletes to compete and train at the highest level. Schools spend their money in a variety of ways, for example to buy new PE/sports equipment, or to ask another athlete to run some EDUCATE or MOTIVATE programmes in school –and hopefully even meet you!

“@sportsfs great experience my son had at school today thanks to you! He’s tried to do press ups the whole way home…a 15 minute walk!”

Proud Mum

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    Invite others - share the page with friends and family to get the donations rolling in

Meet the athletes

These athletes have overcome adversity, worked hard to achieve their goals, and have inspiring stories to share with your children

Amy Smith

2012 Olympic competitor Amy Smith swam for GB and was a member of the ladies 4x100m relay team. Amy was actually scared of the water until the age of 7 when she was first taught to swim. She then went on to qualify for her first international meet in 2006 at the age of 18! Amy won silver medals in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and silver in the 2010 European Champs for the 4x100m freestyle relay AND she won a GOLD medal as part of the 4x100m medley relay team too!.

Kristian Thomas

Kristian is an Olympic Gymnast and was part of the British team that famously won Olympic bronze at the London 2012 Olympics. In 2015, Kristian won the European Championship floor gold. Named the captain for Team GB's gymnastics squad for the Olympic Games in Rio, Kristian helped the team finish in 4th place.

Peter Bakare

Olympic volleyball player Peter started out as a basketball player then competed at the London 2012 Olympics in Volleyball! Peter made his international debut in 2010 for GB against Denmark and has played much of his volleyball in Holland. After studying animation at Sheffield Hallam University, Peter became involved in script writing and went on to write for Channel 4. He is also a stand-up comic.

AJ Jackson

AJ is a Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Player and competed at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. AJ developed a disability in their teens and discovered Wheelchair Basketball when they were 25 after being a successful Hockey player and coach. AJ had a ten year career playing Wheelchair Basketball with the British Team and they are now a tutor and mentor for the sport.