Fitter kids do better at school

UK and Irish Athletes visiting schools to inspire kids

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Kids inspired


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

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Physical fitness is a pre-requisite to achieving academic and social potential. Our mission is to help schools and parents understand and make use of this through a range of events and workshops. Find out more below.

A whole school fun fitness circuit led by a GB/Irish athlete to inspire and motivate children and staff. No cost to the school.

Help all staff understand the brain science and impact of physical activity on academic and life success. In plain English, in just two hours after school one day

Go beyond EDUCATE to motivate children and parents to be more physically active.

School clubs should be easy to organise and inspiring for children. This online portal outsources the hassle of extra-curricular clubs.


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


A twilight workshop to help every staff member understand and start using physical activity to transform attainment and well-being at school.

  • what's involved?
    This 2-hour workshop is designed to share the learnings from the work of Professor John Ratey and other researchers with all members of staff. A GB/Olympic athlete will explain the science in plain English and talk through some real case studies. The session is full of tips and easy to implement ideas. Staff and teachers will leave excited and inspired to get the whole school more active.
  • why is it important?
    Research over the past 10+ years has shown the significant importance of physical activity in developing the brain, and as a result the strong link between physical fitness, well-being and academic results.
  • how much does it cost?
    £650 - for 2 hours after school (discounted when bundled with additional Get Active workshops or if you've had an Activate event already)

“The whole staff thought that it was incredibly interesting and thought the delivery was fantastic. Every teacher has already made changes so it has had an immediate impact already.”

James - Beech Street Community Primary School


A series of workshops to educate all the staff, children and parents about how physical activity builds the brain and improves academic results and well-being.

  • what's involved?
    A series of three workshops to educate the whole school. Workshop 1 is a twilight workshop for all the staff at school to share the learnings of Professor John Ratey. For workshop 2, the athlete will return for a whole day to engage with the children and kick off the new programme. Workshop 3 is an opportunity for the athlete to review the progress and lead a communication exercise with parents.
  • why is it important?
    The objective is to empower the school with the knowledge and set out some initial practical steps that can be taken to significantly improve pupils' success and well-being in school.
  • how much does it cost?
    £1595 + VAT for all 3 workshops (Discounted if you've already run an Activate event)


School clubs should be easy to organise and inspiring for children

  • what is it?
    Clubbly is a hub for clubs. Any club. Any place. Any time. An online portal to manage ALL your clubs in one place.
  • how can it help me?
    The portal will save you so much time with online bookings and payments, flyers, live registers, progress reporting, specialist coach finding service and much more
  • how much does it cost?
    The portal is FREE for schools to use (a 10% booking fee may be applied if the portal is collecting money on your behalf)

“It has reduced so much time spent in organising clubs”

Tracey - Haydon Abbey

I'm a Parent

  • 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

Find my School
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    Step 1

    Set up an online fundraising page - it only takes a couple of minutes

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    Step 2

    Make the 1st donation - the amount is less important than the act

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    Step 3

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

Meet the athletes

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.

Anna Jackson

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