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- 09 October 2014 00:00
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Sir Steve Redgrave visited Burlington Junior School in Bridlington today to celebrate the success of the Sporting Promise programme by joining 80 pupils in a sports festival and presenting one lucky pupil with a special national award.
Ten year old Elliot Hatton from Bridlington, scooped the first ever Sporting Promise Outstanding Young Person Award, which recognised his commitment to helping others at his school. Burlington received the visit from Sir Steve, who presented Elliot with the achievement, as a prize for him winning the great award.
Cricket mad, Elliot, who captains the under 11's team at Sewerby Cricket Club, was so excited to meet the Olympic hero: "It has been absolutely amazing to have a true sporting legend give me an award - I won't ever forget it! I'm so thankful to my teachers and my family for their support over the past year - they have been brilliant."
The Sporting Promise is an award-winning grass roots sports initiative that has already impacted over two million young people in the first three years of the programme. It is a partnership between Sporting Pro, Matalan and the Youth Sport Trust that ensures children across the country have vital access to sports activity in school.
This new award was designed to reflect the powerful impact that sport can have on young people in primary and secondary schools across the country and Elliot was nominated by his teacher, Kerry Scruton, who has been so inspired by Elliot:
"The most rewarding part of my job is seeing transformational change in a young person. Last year, Elliot was having some difficulties at home and in school. His dad became ill and around the same time, some of his friends started bullying him - he lost all confidence and self-esteem and become very negative about school."
"We chose Elliot to be a Sporting Promise sports leader at the school, as we thought it would help build his confidence. He was proud to have been chosen - it rebuilt his self-assurance and self-belief and also meant that he developed positive friendships with different groups of children. The change we have all seen in Elliot since he became a sports leader is unbelievable - he is now communicating much better and is much more positive about school."
As part of the prize, Elliot received £200 in Sporting Pro vouchers, while his school received a cheque for £1,000.
Whilst visiting the school, Sir Steve took part in activities that develop the skills young people need for sport including everything from object control with football and hockey activities to target throws with tennis equipment. He was particularly impressed by Elliot's story:
"This just shows the powerful part that sport can play in the lives of young people. It was fantastic to meet with Elliot and his friends today and see the enthusiasm they have for all these sports activities. The support of brands like Sporting Pro and Matalan to fund these programmes is vital to ensure all young people have a range of opportunities to take part and enjoy sport."
There are three key focus areas for Sporting Promise. TOP Sport supports the delivery of PE and sport in 10,000 primary schools across the country. yoUR Activity promotes the alternative sports offer in secondary schools and Sporting Communities opens up sports opportunities for 14 to 19 year olds by setting up community sports clubs. Go to www.sportingpromise.co.uk for more details.