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A Sporting and Educational Legacy

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Sep, 2015 03:38 PM

September 2015 sees the launch of an Olympic-inspired Programme at Wilton and Barford Primary School.

The 'Be the Best you can Be! Programme' enables young people to discover and develop the unique potential within themselves and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams. This unique Programme has been developed as an Educational Legacy going beyond Sport and far beyond the inspiration of London 2012 to inspire the youth of Britain and the rest of the world.

Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic Gold Medallist and former World Record Holder (400m Hurdles, Mexico 1968), founder of 21st Century Legacy says “Everyone has a spark of greatness within them and through a combination of dreams and practical application they can achieve their potential, as long as they positively set their mind to it, believe in themselves and are prepared to work hard.”

The programme includes a Staff Development Day, followed by the programme Launch, where an inspirational Special Speaker, including Olympians and Paralympians, shares their story of how success is a journey with the need to overcome inevitable setbacks. As role models, they kick start each school launch and bring the ‘achievement of dreams’ into the curriculum.

The Launch is followed by further themes designed to help young people discover the skills they need to follow their dreams and to begin their own successful journey. The Programme concludes with a Celebration where all the young people and teachers share what they have learnt and support each other in pursuing their dreams and goals.

The Programme participants are presented with a Recognition Award and Certificate, intended to encourage them to continue to work towards their goals or set new ones. By completing the Programme young people raise their self-confidence and self-esteem and benefit from higher aspirations, and a clearer path to how they can realise their dreams.

Jan Nock, Headteacher at Wilton and Barford Primary School said:

“I was determined that our school would be one of the schools to undertake the Be the Best you can Be! Programme as it rolls out nationally.  The inspiration offered by High Achievers including Olympians, Paralympians who strive to achieve their dreams is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our young people. 

"I was very pleased to welcome Dr David Hemery to lead our staff development day and Craig Figes to launch our Programme. My teachers and I look forward to delivering this exciting and transformational Programme.”

To find out more about 21st Century Legacy, and to arrange for your school to take part, please visit or call 01672 519264.

Click here for 'Olympic Values' footage from across the Diocese of Salisbury.

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