AN OLYMPIC diver visited a college as part of a programme that uses sport to inspire young people.
Peter Waterfield visited the Henry Cort Community College as part of the Sky Sport Living for Sport Athlete Mentor Project.
The scheme uses sports stars and skills to improve the lives of young people.
Peter is one of 90 athlete mentors and was assigned to the college to promote sport among the students.
He said: ‘For me, being an athlete mentor is as much about what the students can give to me as what I can give to them.
‘Inspiring the students with my own sporting story is equally inspiring for me, especially when I see students realise that they are no different to me and can achieve whatever they set their mind to.
‘Sport has given me a fantastic life. I have travelled the world, met some amazing people and am still enjoying a great career.
‘I want the students I visit to see that whatever life throws at them, so long as they stay focused and determined, anything is possible.’
The college’s Sport Leaders – Ella Hodder, Laura Irvine, Georgie Dean, Abigail Voller, Tom Farlow, Jack Webber, Tyler Beech and Aiden Page – plan to run a lunchtime club to encourage year seven students to engage with other students and make new friends.
They intend to include three types of ball sessions to attract students who might prefer non-mainstream sports including dodgeball, benchball, and volleyball.
During his visit Peter inspired them by using the six keys to success values: mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers, and planning for success.
Peter will be returning for a second visit to discuss the plan in more detail.
Phil Munday, executive principal at the college, said: ‘We are delighted that our Sport Leaders are taking on new challenges.
‘As a college, we strongly support initiatives that reinforce our “learning for life” ethos which incorporates our four key values of achievement, engagement, enterprise, and respect.’