Olympic hopeful Matt Lee with Mr Neville Wilkinson and year 5 pupils.
If Olympic hopeful Matt Lee makes the starting line in Tokyo next year, pupils at Littlecoates Primary Academy will have played their part. Littlecoates raised more than £1,000 in a sponsored sports challenge to assist the top British decathlete and raise school funds. Matt visited the school as part of the Sports for Champions UK scheme.
‘It has been a fantastic effort by everyone,” said Principal Neville Wilkinson. They have really taken Matt’s Olympic bid to heart and been keen to participate from nursery to Year 6. The money raised is split with Sports for Champions, with the school raising £600.’
The not-for-profit Community Interest Company funds athletes who are unable to access Lottery monies. Matt, who competes for Harrow Athletics Club and is from Birmingham, dreams of making the Olympics next year. ‘Tokyo is the goal, he said. I’m training hard under a new coach and everything’s geared towards making the standard needed to get into the British team and being selected at the trails next June.’
In the meantime, he enjoys visiting schools and motivating their pupils. ‘I’ve had a blast here. They are fantastic kids and very enthusiastic. They’ve been doing circuits, including press ups, burpees and sits up, and then I’ve done an assembly. Hopefully, I’ve been able to inspire some of them with my story. It is about hard work, putting in the effort and then you can achieve.”
The 24-year-old did not start his athletics career until he was 15, having swam at a national level and played academy-level football. The 6ft 4in GB athlete has had various injury setbacks but he moved to Liverpool under a new coach last year and is determined to get into the shape of his life in time for Olympic selection.
He left a positive impression on the children. Ryan (10) and Millie (nine) both raised £35 in sponsorship. ‘We’ve been doing push ups and burpees and it’s been fun,said Ryan. Matt was great’.
Millie, who has been attending Fusion Boxing in Grimsby for the past year, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the session. It’s warmed me up for boxing tonight.”
Mr Wilkinson thanks Matt for visiting Littlecoates and wishes him all the best with his Olympic pursuit. “Pupils and staff will be watching his progress very closely over the coming months. It would be great to see him at Tokyo and know we had played a small part.”View all Latest News View all Vacancies