On a glorious Thursday before Christmas, Team Mintridge gathered in the beautiful grounds of Witham Hall, for the fourth Mintridge Training day. It was a chance for the Ambassadors, trustees, staff, partners and friends of Mintridge to come together to celebrate a hugely successful year for The Foundation, some following the dress code to the tee with some FANTASTIC Christmas jumpers. After receiving their goody bags which included the essentials… Nibble Protein Bites (our fantastic nutrition partners), sunglasses and an agenda for the day, it was time to grab some tea and coffee and catch up with Ambassadors, new and old.
Katie Smith, our Programme Manager started our morning with an overview of the year and a celebration of the programmes that had gone ahead throughout 2018. It was a great start, as our new and old Ambassadors really got to see the impact that they make to the young people we work with as a Foundation. Katie also gave a brief overview of our incredible duo of Jemma and Lauren (Team Whale of A Time Row) as we tracked them one week into their arduous Atlantic Challenge.
Alongside our day of celebrations was an important presentation and training session, led by the Child Protection in Sport Unit, to ensure our Ambassadors are taught about the importance of safeguarding, especially when working in schools and with mentees. It was a fantastic interactive session which allowed everyone to ask questions and learn new and important information from the CPSU.
Next door, our trustees gathered for our regular meeting to look at the achievements of the Foundation over the past year and the potential we have for growth. Thank you very much to Rupert, Lucinda and Nick for giving up so much of your time to help grow the Foundation.
In the lead up to lunch our fantastic kit partners, Squadkit, delivered a short presentation on the future of our Mintridge kit and the work we are doing together over the next year in lots of schools across the country. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of SquadKit, and our Ambassadors were delighted to be presented with their personalised Mid Layers.
It was also an exciting time for us to be joined by the author Sarah Juggins, who is currently creating The Mintridge Foundation story, which we hope to be released next year. Sarah explained how amazing it would be to get each of our Ambassadors stories into schools, so we can keep on inspiring generations to come. Following on from the success of the History Makers and now Under an Orange Sky, we can’t wait to work in partnership with Sarah in 2019!
As we gathered for lunch, Team Mintridge had the chance to catch up on the year they have had and look forward to the prospects that 2019 has in store for everyone. Christmas crackers were pulled, interviews for the book were taken, hats and props were worn and lots of silly photos were collected! We can’t wait to see these again next year!
In its second year, the afternoon began with the presentation of the Anna Horrell Award, in memory and in celebration of Anna. Anna who was incredibly influential and encouraging to the sporting endeavours of so many young people, including our Founder, Alex Paske. We hope that this award is a way to remember Anna in the most positive way to reflect her amazing qualities. Each academic year, a student (or group of students) that one of our elite athlete ambassadors has worked with will win the award:
The award is presented to an individual, or group of individuals, that has demonstrated a proactive nature and infectious enthusiasm throughout their programme and has shown great potential in their chosen sport.
This year the award was presented to Bayleigh Layram – Smith from Manor School and Sports College. Bayleigh is a deserved winner and talented future cricket star. She gave great devotion to her mentoring programme with Middlesex’s Stevie Eskinazi and she is now reaping the rewards as she demonstrates in her devotion to Thrapston Cricket Club and Northants County Cricket Club. We cannot wait to follow her journey over the next few years.
We were delighted that Anna’s family were able to join us to present the award and listen to a lovely congratulations message from Bayleigh’s mentor Stevie Eskinazi over a video message from Australia. It was great to receive a video message from last year’s winner, Clemmie who was unfortunately unable to join us due to her training commitments. Clemmie’s Modern Pentathlon journey is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to have two inspiring females in the Mintridge family on the path to success!
Our brilliant partners from Switch the Play joined us for our afternoon session, as we listened and enjoyed the “Brand of You” training from Chris Brindley – a thought provoking and extremely informative training session aimed at building the brand of our Mintridge Ambassadors and helping them in all aspects of their lives. We were so pleased that our Ambassadors had the chance to takeaway so many tips and pieces of advice from the session. A particular highlight for us was the focus of the power of a brand using the sporting comparisons of Roger Federer and Wayne Rooney. What are your three words?
It would not be a Mintridge day without lots of Mintridge props, a twitter frame and a few team photos to end a fantastic day of training and celebrations. It was a fantastic day all round and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The day wasn’t over just yet…it was soon time to head to Toft Golf Club for our Christmas meal. Now, is a Christmas meal complete without a quiz? No…thank goodness for “A Question of Mintridge” which put our Ambassadors to the test across all things in the sporting world. We won’t mention any names that got their “Home” question wrong…Mal Loye, what was your highest ever batting total?
Thank you very much to Toft for hosting a brilliant evening with delicious food, it was a fantastic way to round off an amazing 2018.
If you would like to see the photo album and video, please contact the Mintridge team.
We are looking forward to reading the aspirations posted in the Mintridge Post Box and to ensure that these take place in 2019.
The day was a huge success and we are incredibly grateful to Witham Hall for the facilities, CPSU for the safeguarding training, Switch the Play for our afternoon of the Brand of You.
Thank you to our incredible partners at Squadkit, Sarah Juggins for joining us too as well as Nibble Protein for keeping us fuelled throughout the day.
A huge thank you to Mike Horrell and Jeanne Channell for presenting the Anna Horrell award, our trustees for their support this year and to our Ambassadors and friends of the Foundation for making it a truly special year and training day.
Thank you to all of the Mintridge staff for organising a very successful day.
Merry Christmas everyone!
See you in 2019.