PUPILS at William Allitt School in Swadlincote were treated to a visit from nine-time England National badminton champion Anthony Clark.
The doubles star visited the school as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, which gets sport stars to encourage the pupils involved to share the activities they have completed, the skills they have learnt and their accomplishments on and off the playing field.
Clark, a former world and Commonwealth medallist taught the students about the keys to success, and assisted with physical education lessons as part of National School Sport Week.
He commended the efforts of the students throughout the day.
“I came away from William Allitt School feeling incredibly inspired by the commitment of the young people I met,” he said.
“Hearing how the pupils are putting their new skills and lessons they have learned into practice is a fantastic example of how sport has the power to change lives.”
Clark was handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust to become a mentor because of his personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.
Kelly O’Donnell, PE curriculum leader at William Allitt, said: “Anthony’s visit was an inspiring reward for our pupils who have shown great commitment and dedication to their Sky Sports Living for Sport project.
“The students loved hearing Anthony’s story and sharing their experiences of their project with him.
“Most importantly, our young people have learned first-hand that sport can teach them so much.
“Whether it is the social skills needed to be a team player or the focus and determination required to do a job well, Sky Sports Living for Sport is helping them to learn important life lessons.”