Excited pupils from Wales High School have won a ‘golden ticket’ in a nationwide competition to spend a day being inspired by Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill after being picked from thousands of entries.
Only 15 schools from across the UK will take part in the once-in-a-lifetime experience following a competition by Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free UK secondary schools initiative, uses sports stars and sports skills to help build young people’s confidence and life skills.
Wales High School will send 20 young people to spend the day with Jessica on the 27th March at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield where she trains.
They will take part in a range of activities with 20 other high profile Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors – including Olympians, Paralympians and World champions.
Jessica Ennis-Hill said: “Inspiring the next generation and giving them the opportunity to build skills, experience and self-belief through sport is really important to me. “
When I was young, I got the chance to do something I loved and what I’ve learnt through sport helps me in life. “
“It is going to be a special day and I’m very proud to be hosting it in my home town.”
Liana Underwood, school sports co-ordinator at Wales High School said: “Our pupils were so excited to hear they had won this opportunity.”
“We want to thank Sky Sports Living For Sport and the Youth Sport Trust for this opportunity, it really is a golden ticket.”
“I’m sure they are going to be inspired by Jessica Ennis-Hill and all the amazing athletes they meet.”
“We know very well at this school the way sport can help boost confidence and change lives for so many young people.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity. We can’t wait for the big day.”
Sky Sports has now been working with the Youth Sport Trust, teachers and team mentors for over 10 years .
One-third of British secondary schools are now participating in the scheme.