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BBC Raise Your Game Comes to Bridgend

Kicking off with Cardiff City

Left to Right: Peter Hoban (Careers Adviser), Susan Francis, Jenny Arthur, Angela Keller (Deputy Headteacher), Lynn Davies CBE (Raise Your Game Ambassador), Jos Andrews (BBC Producer) and Ian Thomas (Delivery Team Manager).

Raise Your Game is an educational project for the BBC, fronted by Colin Jackson, athletics world record holder. The project uses sport and exercise to motivate and inspire young people to set and achieve their goals – academic or physical.

The team visited Archbishop McGrath School in Bridgend in December and presented to approximately 30 Year 10 and sixth form students. The visit was arranged by Jenny Arthur (Careers Adviser) and Susan Francis (Curriculum Development Manager).

Lynn Davies CBE (Raise Your Game Ambassador, Olympic gold medallist and President of the UK Athletics Association) gave students an insight into the dedication, commitment and perseverance needed for success in sport and also in life. Nicknamed “Lynn the Leap”, he competed in three Olympic games and is the only Welsh athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event. The BBC team received a very warm welcome from Angela Keller, Deputy Headteacher, and from all the students who attended the presentation. Lynn also stayed behind afterwards to chat to students individually and showed a genuine interest in pupils sporting interests and progress at school.

With support from Careers Wales, the BBC Raise Your Game team plan to visit approximately two institutions per month. Other BBC Raise Your Game Ambassadors include Jamie Baulch and Colin Jackson (athletics) and Matt Jones (football). For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/raiseyourgame . If you think your clients would benefit from the project please contact Jenny or Susan.

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