Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Year 7 Breaking Barriers with Alistair Patrick-Heselton, Sky Sports and Youth Sport Trust


Today, Year 7 experienced the motivational prowess of Alistair Patrick-Heselton, Paralympic Silver Medallist.

The Living for Sport initiative, delivered through Sky Sports and in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, is designed to help young people develop valuable skills that will help them in and outside of school.

The day started with an inspiring talk about the six keys to success (featured below), where Alistair talked through the skills and behaviours that can be applied to any area of life. In this session he led a thought provoking discussion about the hows and whys, which resulted in a lively, animated and engaging debate.


1.      Mental toughness
2.      Hunger to achieve
3.      People skills
4.      Sports and life knowledge
5.      Breaking barriers
6.      Planning for success

In the afternoon our students participated in interactive skills based training; they worked together to agree on how they would approach tasks, and used a combination of problem-solving, communication and people skills - focused on the success of their shared goals. This presented interesting thoughts and interaction as well as frustrations and challenges, teaching them the power of embracing different perspectives and the importance of teamwork. Tasks were time limited to enhance the learning outcomes, create intensity and encourage speedy decision-making.

We asked our students what they gained from the day, here's what they said.

What's your most important piece of information you'll take with you today:
‘It’s always good to plan and never give up’ Sam G
‘It's good to communicate with your team’ Elizabeth B
‘Always listen to what others have to say’ Amaya S
‘Be confident in yourself’ Jaanvi K

How would you describe today:
‘It was a fun, active day’ Sophie S

What was your favourite part of the day:
‘The zombie game was fun because we learned to work together and plan’ Ruby R

Alistair Patrick-Heselton describes what it was like working with our students: 
'I’m always enthusiastic to work with The Webber Independent, it’s a great school and the groups are very diverse and excellent to work with. I’m amazed at the difference in perspectives but the students always come together to work towards one common goal.’

It was a brilliant day, and we were honoured to have such an inspiring role model share his time with us.

For further information on the Living for Sport initiative, please visit https://livingforsport.skysports.com/ 

For background information on Alistair and why he became a mentor, please visit https://livingforsport.skysports.com/mentors/alistair-patrick-heselton

To find out more on all initiatives supported by the Youth Sport Trust, please visit https://www.youthsporttrust.org/