Sky Sports Living Award

A sports project run by Kirk Hallam Community Academy in a bid to improve students' self-esteem, attendance and aspirations has scooped a top national award.

The initiative has been named as the best project in the UK and Ireland by Sky Sports Living for Sport, a scheme that sees athletes working as mentors in schools across the country.

There were more than 200 nominations for the awards and the judging panel included Barney Francis (Managing Director Sky Sports), Baroness Sue Campbell (Chair of YST and Head of England Women’s Football) and Darren Campbell (Olympic Gold Medallist and Sky Academy Ambassador).

At Kirk Hallam, former international heavyweight boxer Dermot Gascoyne mentored 17 Year 10 girls who participated in 11 sports sessions including kickboxing, trampolining and fencing.

As a reward, the students involved in the project won a visit to Twickenham Stadium and took part in a special sporting masterclass at Sky Studios in London. They were also surprised by England Rugby legend and Sky Academy Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson and presented with their award.

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