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Sky Sports world champion comes to Denbigh

13 May 2011
On Friday 13th May ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ came to Denbigh in the form of their representative, mentor and two times BMX world Champion Mike Mullen.
Mike visited Denbigh to do a motivational speech followed by a BMX session with our Year 10 Sky Sports Academy Group. 
Sky Sports Living for Sport is a free schools initiative that uses sport to inspire 11-16 year olds across the UK to be the best they can be, whether that means improving their attainment, their health, their self-esteem, or pushing them to reach their full potential.
As part of the initiative the teachers at Denbigh work with students to identify a sports activity that they are interested in. Through taking part in a series of lessons and organising their very own sports event at the end, the project is designed to inspire and support every participant in areas relevant to them, whether it's improving confidence, attainment at school, or leading a healthier lifestyle.
Teachers submit the plans for their bespoke project (to Sky) and in return receive a starter pack and sports kit for all young people to help get the project underway. As each school project progresses, Sky Sports organise a mentoring visit from one of their team of past and present sports stars, to offer inspiration and motivation to the group.
Year 10 Learning Leader Chris Carter said:
It was a pleasure having Mike in for the day and was very inspiring for the boys.  It was certainly interesting to see the boys do something different which took them out of their comfort zone.  The workshop Mike did with the boys was fantastic in the way that he linked success in sport with success in their school life.  The pupils certainly enjoyed it as they have been asking me ever since if Mike is coming back!”
Sky’s 17 athlete mentors, led by the Sky Sports Living for Sport ambassador, Olympic Sprinter Darren Campbell, have life stories that highlight the rewards and challenges of being an athlete, and aim to show participants that anything is possible. They cover a whole host of sports from wheelchair basketball and rugby to judo and sailing.
BMX World Champion Mike Mullen said:
I have really enjoyed the day working with the group, in the first lesson we looked at things like mental tuffness and building confidence and how the students can apply this to sport, school work and other areas of their lives. I am extremely impressed by the response of the Denbigh students and they also came up with some really good comments.”
Year 10 student Jabbar Kayani said:
“It has been great fun today.  In the workshop Mike gave us some really good advice and inspired us.  The BMX practical part was brilliant!”
Mike Mullen teaching the students how to do a trick
Mike demonstrates one of his tricks
Mike and all of the students