The Great British Summer might have put a stop to our BMX plans but it would not be putting a stop to the fun filled day that the Mintridge team had planned at St. Andrew’s Primary School in North Kilworth.
On Thursday 13th June 2019, World Champion BMXer and Mintridge Ambassador, Kelvin Batey made his way to North Kilworth due to the generosity of Bowbridge Homes.
Bowbridge Homes kindly donated our Mintridge Bronze Programme to St. Andrew’s and without their support, the programme would simply not have been possible. We are incredibly grateful to the team for their support of the Foundation. Northamptonshire based, Bowbridge Homes create and build homes that people aspire to live in, they are thoughtfully designed with a keen eye for detail taking inspiration from the surrounding area of a particular scheme.
Kelvin began his day with the whole school as they gathered in the hall for an inspirational presentation. Kelvin’s focus was that of perseverance and resilience as he took the St. Andrew’s students back to the very beginning of his BMX journey aged 7. Kelvin emphasised that he wasn’t the best at the sport when he started but through goal setting, a fantastic support network and hard work, the World Championship was possible. Staff encouraged the students to remember one of Kelvin’s favourite quotes; “MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN”.
Fuelled by an engaging presentation with plenty of photos and videos of Kelvin’s incredible career, there were some fantastic questions from the students before everyone dispersed back to their separate classrooms:
“Why do you wear different colour kit at different races?”
“Why did you start BMX?”
“Where was your final race and how did you feel?”
For Kelvin, the rest of the school day was spent in the hall as each year group joined him for fun filled fitness sessions. Kelvin encouraged teamwork and commitment to the circuits that he created, and each class took on the valuable advice that he was giving. For the older students, Kelvin emphasised the muscle groups that he focussed on for BMX so that everyone was able to think about exactly why they were completing the exercise. Each student was fantastic, and it was brilliant to see how much effort they were able to put in.
Following the practical element, the Mintridge Aspirations Post Box was out in force to focus everyone’s attentions on their goals for the future just as Kelvin did when he was 11 years old. However big or small the goal was, everyone took to the task brilliantly and some students even shared with their peers. Kelvin was wowed by the ideas that everyone had for the future.
No Mintridge programme is complete without goodies and Kelvin awarded medals and gifts to those students that stood out for him throughout the day whether that was due to commitment and focus or potentially supporting others. It was quite the challenge to select only two in each group!
Everyone returned to their classrooms with a Kelvin autograph and memories that will last a lifetime!
Thank you once again to Bowbridge Homes for their generosity and thank you very much to the students and staff at school for making us feel so welcome. We look forward to being able to work with you again in the future.
If you would like to watch the video of our day, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPgmS3E9Ijs&feature=youtu.be
If you would like to see the album of photos, please speak to the school staff.