Olympic Swimmer Launches Project Active Carmel

Chris Cook, who swam in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, launched the ‘Active Carmel’ project at Carmel College. Over two days, he led assemblies across the college with the theme of Step forward, Step up, Stand out and Achieve! He then worked with pupils on their approach to challenging situations, teamwork and resilience.

The Active Carmel project has been funded by the National Lottery and will run until July 2019.

Sport England is spending up to £13.5million on a teacher training programme – the first ‘significant’ investment in secondary school PE since 2008. The scheme is designed to help secondary school PE teachers ‘foster a more positive attitude to physical education’ among pupils.

Carmel, with its outstanding record of sporting success along with a comprehensive extra-curricular programme, was one of only 42 schools selected nationally to run a pilot project before it is run out across the country.

Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England, said the scheme will ‘help schools and teachers design a wider range of opportunities to increase young people’s enjoyment or sport and PE’.

Project manager, PE teacher Simon Hannaford, says “We have designed activities to encourage and increase participation and enjoyment in physical activity across the college. These will include a new sports leadership academy, climbing, sailing, boxercise, metafit, handball, dance and a whole lot more. We will have weekly challenges which will link physical activity to other subjects. The inter-house sports programme will be expanded and everything will be linked into the college reward programme ‘Class Charts’. It is a very exciting time with PE being the focal point in the college, but it great that both the pupils and staff have all bought into it”.

To view the Active Carmel video please click here.