Earlier this month, Play for Change in partnership with Stewards Academy delivered a Sport and Motivation day to promote and celebrate the values of sport. Together, with Anne Wafula Strike, an ambassador of PFC and Paralympic athlete, the entire school were inspired by the messages of sport as a tool for self-development and community-building. Students learnt about how sport can create positive global impacts and took part in fun but tough teamwork challenges.
Anne has fought against the difficulties of a life marked by polio, she found an empowering solution to this through sport, when she started racing in 2002. Being a Play for Change Ambassador, Anne is highly committed to providing life-changing opportunities to children through sport, aligning with Play for Changes values and vision.
Play for Change ran the inspirational event in order to empower the children within the community through sport. The school is located in one of the 30% most deprived areas as marked by UK indices of deprivation in the UK, making it a suitable location for Play for Change to make a difference.
At Play for Change, we believe in the power of sports to improve children’s lives, especially the ones of those growing up in more difficult circumstances. That’s why the charity spends its efforts in funding and developing sports programmes for children to socialize, engage in their communities and build the base for a brighter and healthier future.
The Sport and Motivation day was no exception to the charity´s vision and the multiple activities at Stewards Academy, PFC run several activities throughout the day. The event also made a real impact on students awareness, which lead to them donating £1 each towards PFCs programmes for children with fewer privileges around the world.
In line with PFCs impacts and following on from Anne's inspirational talk, a selection of the students, the “Youth Sport Ambassadors”, participated in a fun afternoon of youth bootcamps. The ambassadors were able to reinforce the values already promoted by Anne, and put into practice resilience and teamwork.
This was an opportunity to teach, not only life skills and healthy behaviours among kids, but also to generate awareness about the existence of millions of children around the world who don’t have access to education or safe environments. At the end of the sport and motivating day, the students learnt first hand how sport can teach skills, change lives and make them grow as individuals.
Click here to read the exclusive interview with Anne Wafula Strike about her inspiring journey