Andy uses his story within education to illustrate the importance of a positive attitude and strong work ethic as well as teaching techniques to help students overcome challenges and perform under pressure.

This role overlaps with his previous experience of motivating and coaching young people as an athlete mentor with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Education Workshops at a glance

These topics can be adapted to suit any level of students, from infant school to university.

The Athlete Inspiration series (Prep/Juniors)

  • Take The Opportunity: A biographical piece that teaches young people about disability and having a positive attitude to life. This presentation acts as an introduction to the subsequent workshops.
  • Fuel Your Passion: All about nutrition and learning to develop a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, including a “disability-themed” PE lesson.
  • Team Spirit: Focuses on wellbeing and the importance of teamwork. It also highlights the non-physical benefits of exercise. This workshop includes a practical communication exercise and is a great introduction to the 3Cs Challenge (see below).

Striving To Succeed (Seniors)

  • The 3 Cs Challenge: These sessions are all about preparing young people to work well in a team environment. The 3 Cs are confidence, communication and compromise; because strong team players need the confidence to communicate and the ability to compromise. This workshop is ideal for students in years 7-9.
  • Performance Plus: A series of sessions based on a student approaching their exams, as an athlete would prepare for a major competition such as the Paralympic Games. Broadly, this covers preparation/overcoming challenges/marginal gains/performing under pressure. Well-suited for students in years 10-13.

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