The Mintridge Foundation thoroughly enjoys returning to the Manor School Sports College in Raunds, Northamptonshire and on Thursday 13th September they had the pleasure of joining their BMX World Champion Ambassador, Kelvin Batey for the eleventh programme at the school.
Our Ambassador was slightly nervous to go straight to the Principal’s office upon arrival (!!) but a warm reception from Mr Davenport greeted him before they made their way to the hall for the KS4 and KS5 Achievements Evening.
Following a music ensemble, Kelvin was invited to the stage to share his sporting journey with the students and parents from Manor. They were given the best possible introduction to BMX with an array of photos and videos highlighting Kelvin’s incredible career that took him to four World Championship titles.
“If you’ve got a dream, you’ve got to nurture it and protect it” was a key message from our inspirational speaker to his audience, whatever that dream might be, as Kelvin shared his memories of his seven year old self and the aspirations he had to create success in the BMX world.
“Limits are just an illusion” was another vital message that Kelvin wished to portray as he focussed on both the highs and lows of his career which captivated the audience.
Following Kelvin’s words, it was time to hear about the high achieving students that everyone was here to celebrate and we were not disappointed. Huge congratulations to all of the evening’s winners, Kelvin really enjoyed meeting and presenting their awards to, he spent time learning and understanding about what they did to receive the prestigious medals from science, music and drama through to the House Cups.
At the end of the evening, Kelvin signed autographs, took photographs and had some of his favourite medals for students to see, this was very popular with both students, parents and carers alike.
Thank you very much to the staff at Manor School for inviting Kelvin and the Mintridge team to celebrate the evening with you and we look forward to working with you again.
If you wold like to see our video from the evening, please speak to your school staff.