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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Commonwealth Games hockey star aims to inspire Carlisle pupils

Commonwealth Games medallist Charlotte Hartley has spent the last two days working with almost 200 pupils in a Carlisle school helping to inspire them towards future success.

Charlotte Hartley photo
Charlotte Hartley at Richard Rose Central Academy

Hockey player Charlotte has been working alongside head of PE Dave Hewson and fellow staff at the Richard Rose Central Academy.

She arrived on Thursday, delivering an assembly to more than a hundred 13 and 14-year-olds in year eight where she spoke about her childhood and how she ended up as part of England’s bronze medal-winning team in 2006.

Later she led a practical session with a small class of the school’s budding female sports stars. Yesterday’s second day at the academy was spent working with 25 year 11 pupils who are taking GCSE PE and completing a project on girls in sport.

Mr Hewson,also a footballer with Workington Reds, said: “We’re running a project in school with our year 11 GCSE class which is looking at engaging and the participation of girls in PE and sport.

"Charlotte has come as part of that to act as a role model for them. Charlotte came to the school for the first time last year and visited just a GCSE class. This time round we’ve been able to expand her visit so she can work with more students.

“It really gives the students a positive female role model. Carlisle has some but sometimes the youngsters are not aware of them or do not get an opportunity to get access to them.

“Having met Charlotte I know she her stories of growing up really relate to the students and their experiences.”

He added: “The stories and messages she gives the students is not all about doing well in sport, they are things they can use to inspire them in any part of their life – be it sport, school work.”

Charlotte’s visit is part of Sky Sports Living for Sport scheme which runs in schools across the country.

The secondary school initiative, delivered in partnership with charity the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

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