Denbigh High School

"High achievement for all is our shared responsibility"

Inspiring Young Leaders

Visit from Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman – Olympic Athlete and World Cup Winner

To promote girls participation in sport, Denbigh participated in a new programme led by the Youth Sports Trust called Girls Active. The national programme is aimed at encouraging greater interest and participation in sport for girls of secondary age. Our participation in the project led to us being awarded an exciting opportunity where were received a special visit from an Athlete Mentor for the day. The athlete who we were lucky enough to host was Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman, who is an International Women’s Rugby player, representing England in 4 Rugby World Cup and 1 Olympic games as part of the Great Britain squad.

 Nolli naturally inspired the selected young leaders throughout the day, working closely on developing teamwork and fuelling their aspirations based on her experience. Nolli led gripping workshops to our respected house captains (Wimbledon, Wembley, Lords and Twickenham), inspiring them and building their communication skills through a variety of challenging teamwork activities. All pupils were enthused throughout the day whilst engaging in practical workshops to build skills to inspire other pupils in their house to get involved in new activities in line with Denbigh’s focus to develop character. Furthermore, Nolli led an aspirational workshop to Miss Nabarro’s Year 10 girls who were involved in Girls Active through a range of sporting activities. This was a really exciting opportunity for all pupils who were thoroughly engaged and inspired by what Nolli has achieved and her underlying messages.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit Denbigh High School and have met some great young people.  They have shown a real understanding of what it takes to be a good leader and I have no doubt they will go on to inspire many of the other pupils at the school in their roles as House Leaders.” - Nolli Waterman - Olympic Athlete