Team GB hockey star to meets Stoke-on-Trent students

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Team GB hockey star Sally Walton met sporty students at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College to inspire them to go for gold.

More than 50 students were involved at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex event where Walton gave a workshop on successful team building.

Young athletes attended other workshops, which advised them on essential topics such as injury prevention and sports nutrition.

The event, part of the STARS Squad Events programme, aims to provide support for the top young sportsmen and women from four school/college partnership areas – North Stoke, South Stoke, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Phil McPherson, head of sport and PE at the college, believes Sally can act as a role model to inspire his students.

He said: “This is the second time we have hosted this event, and it’s really wonderful. Last time we had a year seven gymnast paired up with a year 12 college trampolinist from the Sixth Form College.

“Aside from what they gained from the workshops, they were able to learn a lot from each other and share ideas.

“It’s certainly a big achievement for this area to host something like this and to have a representative of Team GB at each one as well.”

Nigel Edwards, the North Stoke School Partnership manager based at Holden Lane High School, praised the STAR project.

“It is really groundbreaking, as there is nothing else really like it anywhere around the country.

“We’ve had some wonderful inspirational speakers in the past including Commonwealth Games gold medal winning gymnast Craig Heap, and Paralympic silver medalist middle distance runner Tim Prendergast.”

The sixth form college is also holding an open morning this Saturday March 23 from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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