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Former Olympian pays Fairfield a visit

Team Fairfield was delighted to welcome former Olympian and international triple jumper Vernon Samuels to inspire and share his wisdom with Year 9 mental health ambassadors, with a view to empowering them to lead physical activities with their peers. The overall objective being to address the imperative issues of well-being and mental health by increasing students’ self esteem and confidence.

In conjunction with Youth Sports Trust and Excalibur Academies Trust, this project addresses these all too important - and all too misunderstood – issues, by offering strategies for students to help themselves and others.

Vernon is no stranger to using his wealth of experience to apply “his skills and abilities to a diverse range of enterprising change programmes and projects. For well over 25 years Vernon has worked with national, regional and local organisations from government, voluntary and private sectors developing a range of strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships.” (source http://vernonsamuels.com/)

Jordan Goodchild, Director of PE at FHS comments: “We are privileged and honoured to welcome such an influential and inspirational figure to Fairfield. You can almost liken Vernon’s visit to the teaching a man to fish philosophy: by sharing his expertise, skills and wisdom with our mental health ambassadors to then lead activities with others will have a deep routed lasting impact.”

 

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