Sky’s the limit!

Congratulations to Year 10 student Halle, the first from the Academy to be accepted on to a ground-breaking national leadership programme.

Young Event Hosts is a two-year development programme run by the Youth Sport Trust.

The initial events will see Halle travel to Sky Academy Studios in London – to experience what it is like to work in the media – and Loughborough University, where she will work with mentors to develop her athletic skills.

Halle was nominated by PE teacher Mr Oates who described her “one of our top performers” and a “role model” because of the way she embraces Academy life.

“Halle’s proved to be an excellent leader and the programme will offer an opportunity to build confidence and gain first-hand experience in a variety of roles,” he said.

Halle was interviewed online before being told she had been successful.

She thanked the academy and Mr Oates for their support and was looking forward to her trips to London and Loughborough.

She said: “I have always tried my best to take every opportunity given to me involving both sports and academic activities, even though I may not be particularly good at the activity.

“I have always been confident enough to speak in front of reasonably large audiences, however, sport has helped me to amplify that confidence.”

Halle delivered an assembly to Years 7 and 8 on the importance of wellbeing and staying active.

“Doing this made me feel empowered by the positive response it got from the younger students,” she said.

“This programme will enable me to experience new things and gain skills I can use in later life to help others.”

Mr Oates said Halle, who had 100% attendance last academic year, had used her experiences to produce an “amazing” transition booklet for Year 7 students.

“She offered support and encouragement for them to enjoy a warm welcome to the academy and helped to create a positive learning climate for them to flourish in,” he said.

“Through her high aspirations, work ethic and passion for school, Halle is creating a culture where others develop high expectations too.

“This is a very admirable quality in such a young person and she will rise to the challenge of the programme.”

Principal Mike Adnitt described Halle as an “outstanding student”.

“Halle is a polite, respectful and endearing student who has demonstrated a real passion for sport and leadership throughout her time here,” he said.

“We are all very proud of her attitude, demeanour and approach to everything she does.

“I would like to congratulate her on making the development programme and I wish her well on it.”

The programme provides young people with the opportunity to host a series of events alongside tailored training with experts, including experienced athlete mentors.