Twenty Year 9 students participated in an event on Thursday 22nd January as part of Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’. This is a secondary school initiative that uses sport stars and sport skills to:
- Boost confidence
- Change behaviours
- Increase attainment
- Improve life skills.
Charlotte Hartley, a former international hockey player, visited the academy and spent time with the group of students talking about her experiences and mentoring them.
During her career Charlotte played for both England U18 and U21 and at the age of 17 was playing for the England Senior B team. In 2005 she was called up to play in the KT Cup in Korea for the England Senior Team, winning gold in that tournament. Charlotte’s proudest achievement came in 2006 when she was one of the youngest members selected to represent England at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. The following year she represented Great Britain in the Sydney Youth Olympics where her team won gold.
Charlotte has now retired from professional sport and concentrates on her career as an athlete mentor for a wide range of different programmes and her work with the Youth Sport Trust.
On life as an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, Charlotte comments: “I take great pride in the part I play in motivating and inspiring young people to take up sport. Whilst at high school, I would have loved the opportunity to meet someone who had competed at a high level. For me, it’s just a great way of sharing my experiences and knowledge to educate and help others choose the right paths in life.”
This was a great opportunity for our students and Charlotte was an inspiring and motivating mentor.