The judges praised Alex for overcoming personal challenges and using her experience for the good of others. The organisation that she has founded is already changing lives and has the potential to change sport from school level right through to the international stage.
“Both winners in the Sport category stood out as phenomenal role models and ambassadors for their profession” said the judges.
Air Marshal Sir David Walker, KCVO OBE DL & Mr Richard Mullen , Women of the Future - Sports Award Judges 2017
“On Monday, I was very pleased to attend a meeting that I had organised with the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP, and one of my constituents, Alex Paske, who is CEO of Mintridge. Mintridge is a fantastic organisation based in Corby, which provides training and mentorship for young people through a programme of professional athletes going into schools and colleges and giving speeches, coaching, guidance and support. It was great to hear about the progress that Mintridge has made since we last met, and I know that the Minister was very impressed with the amazing work that Alex and her ambassadors are doing to increase sporting participation, not to mention foster a better understanding of physical and mental health in young people.”
Tom Pursglove MP, Corby and East Northamptonshire
I received some really awesome news today, I qualified for the Laser Run World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa to represent Great Britain. This has got to be one of my biggest achievements! It has always been a dream of mine to fly the GB flag and do my country proud so I’m still in utter shock that I actually am going to!!
I would like to thank school for their ongoing support and introducing me to Mintridge where I have learnt valuable skills and techniques. Thank you Heather and Alex for the opportunity which I believe has helped me get to the World Champs!!
Heather Fell's Silver Mentee, Ampleforth College
We’ve really enjoyed using your services for the last year or so and look forward to arranging something again next year. Our two mentees really enjoyed the Silver Programme and all pupils have benefited from the visits from Laura and Danielle.
Mr Hebborn, Headteacher, Scampton Primary School - July 2018
Thank you, your team, and of course Marilyn for another brilliant day with our students. She is so inspiring and interacts incredibly well with the kids, so it is always a pleasure hosting!
Alice Page, David Ross Education Trust Enrichment Co-ordinator - July 2018
Following our daughter joining her two netball clubs she was invited to Northampton County trials on Sunday. She wasn’t successful this time but has been asked to join the MK Netters Regional team. I shall always be so grateful to you and Pamela!
Parent, Silver Netball Programme - June 2018
What a lovely day you provided, Georgia (Lees) was fantastic with the children, a complete natural and everything was so well organised as usual. I have some lovely comments from the children to show the influence Georgia had today, including a boy asking if there were any netball teams he could join outside school. You are already on my sports action plan for next year.
Jackie Peacock, PE Co-Ordinator, Ingham Primary School, June 2018
Thanks again to you, your team and Marilyn for some incredible visits. The students were so inspired by her and can’t wait to crack on with their training and perform at the Summer Cup.
Alice Page, Sports Enrichment Co-ordinator, David Ross Education Trust - June 2018
The mentoring programme with Stevie Eskinazi and Nekoda Davis has been fantastic for all four of our students involved. They have absolutely loved the sessions and it’s been great to see students that are not necessarily the best performers getting lots of advice to take away into their specialist areas. One student was hesitant at first but has really enjoyed the experience and this has been shown in her improved confidence in setting up an extra-curricular club for her year group.
Head of PE, Manor School - May 2018
NOTHING WORTH ACHIEVING COMES EASY!
It is amazing to see first-hand the challenges that athletes go through which I have witnessed over the last six months.
The remote mentoring has really helped my fitness and health.
Nekoda Davis's Silver Mentee, May 2018
We have used Mintridge programmes twice now and I can say both experiences were worth every penny. The children who were mentored have had their lives changed and are going to Key Stage 3 with a new approach to sports and everything else. The assemblies and activities in school were absolutely first rate and both ambassadors (Jordan and Danielle) were truly inspirational! I can’t speak highly enough of all of the ambassadors and staff I have dealt with.
Mr Maddams, St Mary's Primary Academy - May 2018
Following our daughter’s Skype sessions, she has joined two netball clubs!! One is a lovely low key fun one but she wanted to compete more so she has joined MK Netters and is loving matches on a Sunday. None of this would have happened if Pamela hadn’t noticed her potential and given her the confidence to do this .So many thanks!!!!
Parent, Silver Mentoring Programme - April 2018
The last 6 months have been so helpful, thanks to Georgia. I’m so lucky and honoured that a Surrey Storm player mentored me. She is so lovely and has given me such great tips towards my netball.
Thanks to Mintridge that it happened as the training day with Georgia and Halos was so fun! I will miss mine and Georgia’s Skype sessions as they were a lot of fun – we spoke all things netball, fitness, coaching, matches and positions. We also spoke about things outside of netball – which was even more fun as Georgia is such a lovely person to talk to and an amazing netball player.
I will look forward to hopefully watching Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder in April and seeing and catching up with Georgia again.
Student, Halos Junior Netball Club - March 2018
The mentoring programme was a positive and beneficial experience. Marilyn was really helpful and taught me a lot about athletics, sport in general and the lifestyle that goes with it. I’ve learnt a lot which I can take into the future and improve my athletics career and gained valuable knowledge to improve myself as an athlete. Marilyn and Mintridge have been a great help. Thank you!
Marilyn Okoro's Mentee, David Ross Education Trust - February 2018
Thank you so much for Monday, it was an amazing day and exceeded our expectations. I’m still telling everyone I see about it, and so are my two children who are at the school.
The pictures, video and blog are wonderful. There are some beautiful pictures.
Laura is amazing, I think I’m her newest super fan!
School Business Manager, Sturton by Stow Primary School - February 2018
I would just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for giving our mentee the chance to be mentored by Danielle, it has been completely productive. Our pupil has grown in confidence and self-esteem and is a regular member of many of our school sports teams (including the boys teams).
Randolph Ryan, PE Co-Ordinator, St Paul's with St Michael's School - February 2018
I was a participant in an event at Scampton Church of England Primary School on Tuesday. I arrived early and watched Laura (Sugar) doing her stint. I thought she was brilliant, caught the imagination of the students and was an excellent addition. I was very impressed with her performance.
Robin Dunseath, Adventurer - February 2018
Thanks again for another successful mentoring programme with Mintridge!
Thomas has really enjoyed the opportunity to share his successes and areas for development both on and off the field over the last 6 months.
He quickly established an excellent rapport with Fil, who has been so supportive and encouraging. I was particularly impressed how well Fil picked up their conversation from a previous session. He either has an excellent memory or makes good notes!
I have noticed how confident Thomas has become in answering Fil’s questions and in his readiness to share what he has been working on. Thank you to you and Fil for another successful programme!
Mr Ian Tyas, Headteacher, Ingham Primary School - January 2018
The girls, and staff had a great time on Friday. Please pass on our thanks to Eboni.
Head of Netball, Dumpton School - January 2018
I just wanted to say thanks for organising our Skype sessions with Pamela Cookey. The children had their last one yesterday and they were very sad when it was over. They absolutely loved chatting to Pamela and it has been fantastic for them to meet a role model who is so kind, genuine and down to earth. She really cared about what the children had to say and they thought she was brilliant. Many thanks for giving them this opportunity.
Year 6 Teacher, Windmill Primary School - January 2018
A HUGE thank you for putting together such a wonderful pre season day for us last Monday. The girls loved it and the staff learnt a lot from Georgia. On that note, what an ambassador you have in Georgia – such a warm and engaging lady with endless amounts of energy which managed to inspire us all. Your organisation and flexibility on the day was hugely appreciated.
Head of Girls Games, Pocklington School - January 2018
I think it’s fair to say that we believe this programme is a fantastic opportunity for the children to have regular face to face conversation with someone living their dream. The advice, the laughs, Fil’s football travels, the shared successes and also the confidence boosters and importance of still having fun when things haven’t gone in their favour are all things Oliver will definitely take from this. Although Oliver was reluctant sometimes, Fil has always been very patient and encouraging and has kept the conversation flowing. As they approached their final sessions it was clear Oliver had relaxed into Fil’s company and was more forthcoming with the discussion, particularly when it came to comparing football boots!
Thanks so much for giving him the opportunity to participate.
Parent, Silver Mentoring Programme (Primary) January 2018
I just wanted to pass on congratulations from myself and everybody at Windmill Primary for your recent award. It’s great to see you being recognised for what you do and the accolade is thoroughly deserved.
The Principal, Windmill Primary School, Raunds - January 2018
I’ve just seen an article about your Woman of the Year Award… WOW!!! Well done you! I just wanted to say congratulations ????. We hope we see you again this year at Windmill.
Vice Principal, Windmill Primary School, Raunds - January 2018
“Clemmie gained so much out of her Mintridge experience and has taught her family a lot about how much sports can bring to all our lives.”
Parent, Ampleforth College, December 2017
“I am so pleased to hear that Pamela has enjoyed the sessions. The girls have given me feedback about the sessions and they have found them really beneficial and I have truly noticed an increase in Katie’s confidence at school which is amazing.”
Mrs Holly Peedell, Head of Girls PE and Games, Akeley Wood School
“We had a lovely day, one she will remember for the rest of her life.
We both learned a lot from the sessions; information that we’ll use again & again over the years. I feel that Danielle has planted a seed in Felicity that will see her through a life time of growing and learning, and she’ll always have this positive outlook whenever she takes on a challenge.
Danielle had a great way in giving Felicity space, allowing her time to think of the questions and formulate a response. Danielle was great! The last 6 months with Danielle has seen Felicity’s confidence and maturity grow immensly. We have been incredibly fortunate to be selected for this honour. Thank you so much for making it possible.
I wish you best of luck with Mintridge, I think it’s a great thing!!!
In the course of this week Felicity has started to write a book about the things we discussed with Danielle called ‘How To Be Your Best In Sport’.”
One Parent (St. Paul’s with St. Michael’s School), Gold Mentoring Programme with Danielle Brown MBE, October 2017
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you both so so much for this amazing experience, Heather has helped me so much. Thank you.”
Heather Fell's Silver Mentee, Ampleforth College
“We were so impressed with the programme and the organisation of the day, that I have been singing your praises to everyone! Our U13 A team have made it in to the South Regional league this season – all the tactics that Eboni has taught them have proved invaluable!”
Anna Coombes, Wimborne Netball Club
“You have made such a positive impact on my pentathlon journey and I’m so glad you could be part of it with me! The Mintridge mentoring programme was honestly SO useful and it has taught me so much including believing in myself, and when I have started to do that, I have achieved what I wanted to achieve. Yesterday was amazing and my family and I felt extremely honoured to be there to collect a hugely prestigious award which I know meant a lot to you and to meet so many inspirational athletes. The talk was really useful and my mum, sister and I have taken a lot away from that. The whole day was so well organised and I felt so special to be there. I’m so proud and happy I could be a part of Mintridge and I wish you and your family every success in the future!! Receiving the Anna Horrell Award has been a huge achievement for me and has boosted me heading into 2018 which will hopefully be a great year.”
Heather Fell's Mentee, Anna Horrell Award Winner - December 2017
“Pamela, thank you so much for skyping me for the last six months. I have really enjoyed it and it has really given me confidence. I am really grateful for this lovely opportunity.”
Pamela Cookey’s Silver Mentee, Akeley Wood School
“She is a true testament to ‘you get out what you put in’.”
Pamela Cookey, Mintridge Netball Ambassador referring to her Silver Mentee, September 2017
“I’d like to thank you both so much for giving me this opportunity to be mentored for the past 5 months. Pamela has helped me bring out the best in myself; whether that’s on the netball court or being a better sportsman.
The drills and the exercises that Pamela gave me were very specialised to my weaknesses in a game situation and fitness wise, and were adapted to my ability. Amazingly, I have seen improvements whilst playing in competitive matches for my club, as well as keeping my fitness up throughout the summer.
It has been an incredible experience for me to work with Pamela as she is a big inspiration to all netball players out there.
Once again, thank you so much for all of your hard work. It’s an experience I will never forget.”
Pamela Cookey’s Silver Mentee, Akeley Wood School, September 2017
“The teachers have said they’ve seen a new confidence in her (mentee) since Pamela’s mentoring which is lovely. Considering she won’t even chat to family on the phone as she is quite shy, it’s amazing that she chats to Pamela and enjoys it so much. I’m really grateful to you and Pamela. We look forward to seeing you at school again.”
Parent, Silver Mentoring Programme
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you guys for yesterday. Marilyn was an absolute inspiration, as are you. To have built/created what you have done in such a short space of time, with an absolute focus on impacting the future generation…amazing! The buzz around school today is tangible!” September 2017
Matt Coleman, Principal, Windmill Primary School, Raunds - September 2017
“I can’t tell how much the children were buzzing this afternoon after Marylyn’s visit – she was amazing! Thank you so much.”
Michelle Brett, Year 6 Teacher , Windmill Primary School, Raunds - September 2017
“This is a real Sporting Legacy. So glad the #IWD2017 event at the Olympic Park could support the gold mentoring programme to happen. Mintridge is amazing!”
Jade Harris, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Sport, Health and Inclusion Manager
“Eboni was terrific and I know Lucie and Daisy really appreciated her input – and the pre-season sessions were super.”
Mrs Julie Flower, Gresham's School
“Thank you so much for organising this. Kezia was so happy and was very inspired. She learnt a lot about how to get into athletics. She also enjoyed going to the events, she felt very special. Thank you very much Laura, and good luck for the next season.”
Miss Bucknor , Godwin Junior School - September 2017
“The programme has clearly benefitted Saffron hugely personally and in terms of her passion and commitment to various sports. Laura encouraged her to not only pursue athletics, but also to pick up as many other sports as possible, which she has absolutely acted upon. Her participation in extra-curricular activities has increased as she took up athletics, gymnastics and trampolining and rejoined the basketball squad. Her confidence has developed when interacting with other students and members of staff and she has been much more forthcoming when offered opportunities within school.
We’d also like to thank Mintridge hugely for organising the mentoring and each individual session so well- it has been minimal effort from our end with huge rewards and that’s down to you, so thank you again.”
Rachel Kelman, PE Teacher, Clapton Girls Academy - September 2017
“I am really lucky, as not many people get the chance that I’ve had, it wasn’t like ‘teacher talk’ but was more normal like talking with a friend and asking questions. I got lots of good information about sports.”
Laura Sugar’s Gold Mentee, Clapton Girls Academy (International Women's Day Programme 2017)
“Fil was a huge hit with the Junior School and the children were talking about it all day.”
Mrs Rex, Headmistress, Bedford Modern Junior School
“The girls really enjoyed themselves and were talking about it for the next few days, Eboni had a very positive impact! We would love to work with Eboni’s programme again.”
Sammy Kemmish - Netball Coach, Bridgwater and Taunton College
Mintridge brought Jordan Jarrett-Bryan and Jamie Andrew OBE to Witham Hall to inspire and educate our pupils during Enrichment Week, focusing on Understanding Disability. The day was an incredible experience for our children to engage with these truly inspirational role models. Mintridge could not have done more for us; they are a highly professional, organised and friendly company, whom I could not recommend more. We look forward to welcoming them back to Witham Hall very soon.
Jess Tarver, Head of Girls Games, Witham Hall
“I just want to say thank you for noticing me and giving me the confidence to get back into athletics. Having you pick me out of the crowd and giving me this opportunity really gave me the boost I needed and if it wasn’t for you believing I had the talent to succeed I probably wouldn’t be as dedicated to the sport as I am now. Hopefully one day I will be in the position you are in – doing the sport I love as a career, representing my country in competition and looking forward to an upcoming Olympics.”
Marilyn's Mentee on a Silver Mentoring Scheme
“I have been absolutely delighted with the work they (Mintridge) have done with us. They are extremely well organised, provide great communication and have bent over backwards to give us a special day. I have been staggered by the impact that these visits have had on raising the profile of sport within the school, not just for the mentees but for all who met the athletes. We used Sports Premium to fund the visits and it has been really worthwhile – a very clear long lasting impact. I am already in the process of booking again for the summer. I will add that I have not been asked to write this by Mintridge but am just heartily recommending them as an excellent organisation who create fantastic opportunities for the children.”
Mr Ian Tyas, Headmaster, Ingham Primary School
“We had a great day with Will Chudley coaching some of the Year 6 and 8 boys – the boys loved it!”
Marc Gardiner, Head of Boys Games , Millfield Prep School
“The netball masterclass was such a great opportunity for the girls and will help increase both their skills and confidence. Everyone was so excited about Sasha and Eboni coming to BMS and hosting an event like this for our students is not something we have done before. All of the girls had a fantastic time learning from the experts and it really was an inspiration for them!”
Heather Gilbert, Girls Games Co-ordinator, Bedford Modern School
“Mintridge provided inspirational athlete appearances to help us celebrate our Schools achieving the School Games Mark Award. The organisation and professionalism of everyone involved was excellent. We chose two School Games Mark Gold schools to receive an appearance from Laura Sugar: both Rowan Gate Primary and Yardley Hastings were delighted with the impact of Laura’s visit on all pupils and Sports Crews. Laura Sugar was a fantastic role model for our Primary Schools, sharing her personal inspiration of London 2012 to become a member of the GB Athletics team only two years later. I would highly recommend Laura to any schools to engage young people in the power and inspiration of sport and promotion of the School Games values. Mal Loye was a brilliant Ambassador for sport at our Primary School Games Mark Assembly. His passion and enthusiasm for sport really came across, with the added inspiration of his journey from playing at Cogenhoe Cricket Club (in our Partnership) to progressing to play for Northants and England.”
Hannah Hore, School Sport Manager, Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership
“Thank you for coming in yesterday, you were both brilliant with the kids and they were really inspired by Marilyn – including myself! The feedback I have received from the staff and the students has been great. They really enjoyed it and the day we felt was really successful.”
Kirsty Hill, Sports Enrichment Officer, Humberston Academy (David Ross Education Trust)
“On International Women’s Day, Laura Sugar attended our event at the Copper Box Arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event (set up by Active People, Active Park, Motivate East and Sport and Health programmes at London Legacy Development Corporation) saw a host of elite athletes attend, encouraging and inspiring young females to participate in physical activity and sport. Laura’s commitment at the event was flawless and she participated in almost all the activities on the day. Laura continued to inspire when talking confidently to the press, sharing her experience of International Women’s Day and developing from grassroots to elite sport.”
Alex Zurita, Project Manager, London Sport (Active People, Active Park)
“I am writing on behalf of Stockcross School to thank you, Ben Smith and Scott Meenagh for the most enjoyable activities the children and staff shared with you recently. The photographs were beautiful and a fantastic reminder of the workshops. The children’s questions posed to Scott illustrated how keen they were to understand how prosthetic legs operate. I am sure they will have gained confidence to talk to other people with amputations…..’to smile and applaud’.”
Lynne Barton, Sports Co-ordinator, Stockcross Primary School
“Emily had a fantastic day and was thrilled to meet and be coached by Pamela.”
Parent, Halos Junior Netball Club
“The programme that you are developing with Mintridge is superb and the pupils of a small school like Ingham are privileged to have such inspiring visits from sports stars and Olympians.”
Mr Hutchinson, Chair of Governors, Ingham Primary School
“Thanks so much for the photobook, it’s a great reminder of a wonderful week.”
Tina Pearce, Year 4 Class Teacher, Park Junior School, Kettering
“We were extremely fortunate to be visited by Laura who totally inspired our children! She’s the living embodiment of our school rule ‘Bounce back’ and showed how she, through her determination and resilience, succeeded and achieved her ambitions. We have used Laura’s story to motivate, inspire and raise the aspirations of children at Ruskin Academy and remind everyone we can all achieve our dreams!”
Angela Watts, Principal, Ruskin Academy
“I’m passionate about sport and the power of positive sporting role models to children. We’d been learning about the Olympics last term so it was great for the children to meet someone who competed there! Laura was a great hit and I’m sure will help us as we also work to increase sports participation, enhance life skills and promote a greater knowledge of the body and wellbeing for our pupils.”
Nicky Kingsnorth, Lead for Teacher Development, Ruskin Academy
“Laura Sugar’s visit taught me that I can take challenges head on – even when things seem impossible. I know that if Laura could achieve her dreams I can achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.”
Safiya, Year 4, Ruskin Academy
“Laura was confident and wasn’t scared to tell us about her disability. She’s inspired me to ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong or seem harder than they should be!’
Bailey, Year 6, Ruskin Academy
“Laura inspired me to persevere and become more resilient and to never give up by telling me about how she overcame her disabilities to become a Paralympian in the Rio Olympic Games.”