Olympian visit inspires students to move forward in leaps and bounds

Sporty Erdington students had a real spring in their step when an Olympian triple jumper hopped into school. Birmingham-based Nathan Douglas, a two times Olympian and two times European medallist, who hopes to compete at Rio this year, visited Stockland Green School at the end of term.

He spent a day working with year 9 as part of the ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ project, which aims to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills. Students at Stockland Green have previously welcomed former Olympian Daniel Caines into school as part of the initiative.

PE teacher, Luke Wiederman, said: “It was a really inspirational day and the boys thoroughly enjoyed it. Nathan was positive about the behaviour of our students and described them as ‘great kids’

“I’m hoping this will have a long lasting effect on them and inspire them to achieve. Enormous thanks must go to both Nathan and the year 9 team, who work tirelessly with these boys.”

In a positive tweet, following the session, Nathan said: “Had a brilliant time, great kids. Thanks for having me.”