Games athlete sees kids bring power to workshop

Sarah McDonald (centre) helps Timberley Academy staff and children bring power

Around 180 children have been active at a Timberley Academy at Birmingham’s Shard End as part of the Birmingham 2022 “Bring the Power” school sports workshops.

The workshops, funded by Birmingham City Council and delivered by education and training provider Aspire Active Education Group, have been rolled out across the region to get young people ahead of the Games this summer.

Former England athlete Sarah McDonald, who reached the 1500m final at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and competed at the World Championships and European Championships, visited the Timberley Academy to see the youngsters in action and have a Q&A session with the students, who left feeling inspired.

“Bring the Power” School Sports Workshop Days are billed as a unique opportunity to bring students closer to the world’s most inclusive and progressive multi-sport event, right on their doorstep.

The workshops allow Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students to experience the fully integrated para-sport program of the Games by participating in sporting events inspired by Birmingham 2022.

Training partners will typically work with five or six classes of up to 30 students each during the activity day. The Timberley Academy was among the first to organize the workshops.

Sarah McDonald said: “I was delighted to see the young people at Timberley Academy getting involved in physical activity ahead of the Commonwealth Games through ‘Bring the Power’.

“It’s great to see the students moving as the countdown to the Games rolls around, which promises to be a memorable sporting moment.”

The event is just one example of the Games’ program, “Bring the Power”, which aims to expand knowledge, improve access to sports, art and culture while helping to build confidence and resilience of children and young people.

The program works closely with schools, groups and partners to help young people understand the context and the power of the Games.

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