Newton Abbot College’s Year 10 student, Holly Flory, was put forward by the College and successfully chosen as one of only 200 aspiring young athletes from across the country to participate in Sainsbury’s School Games three-day residential ‘Talent Inspiration Programme’ in Manchester in September.
Held at Manchester University, the programme’s activities are specifically designed to engage and inspire young people and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential and the impact that will have on their development as a young person. Devon’s sole representative Holly met with several mentors, including GB Wheelchair Rugby Team Captain Steve Brown, and took advantage of opportunities to visit Manchester’s Velodrome, attend the opening of the Sainsbury’s School Games, take part in coaching sessions and attend inspirational talks from athletes such as Paralympian Ellie Smith OBE and 100m record holder, Dina Asher-Smith.
Holly said of her experience: ‘The Talent Inspiration Programme was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I gained so much knowledge and found the whole experience incredibly inspirational, as well as making lots of new friends. I am really looking forward to putting all the tips and advice I learned into practice in my life at Newton Abbot College.’
PE Team Leader, Colleen Devincenzi-Clemens, added: ‘Holly is a remarkable young lady. She is a true inspiration to her peers; not only in her conduct, but also in her ability to use her skills to encourage and nurture sporting potential in others. The PE department is incredibly proud of what Holly has achieved, and her selection for this prestigious event reflects the level of her talent.’
Holly’s residential selection reflects the ongoing, positive relationship between the College and Sainsbury’s School Games as the College was recently awarded its third consecutive Gold Schools Games Mark Award acknowledging its commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.