The voice of an athlete is a powerful thing.
Whether it’s the retelling of past successes or how they battled through adversity they have the ability to inspire and amaze.
The SportSpiel podcast and The Mintridge Foundation are two organisations that have always operated with that message at their heart.
Now the two are delighted to be joining forces to bring you even more inspirational stories and content from some of the best athletes around.
The Mintridge Foundation, founded by 2018 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Grassroots Award winner Alex Paske, has helped provide a support network for young people since 2015 by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models.
Through Alex’s own experiences of trying to make it as a hockey player, she knows better than anyone just what the voice of an athlete can do.
The Mintridge Foundation has a team of ambassadors, including Olympic hockey gold medallist Shona McCallin and England footballer Laura Bassett, that work with young people across the UK helping them to develop their skills and confidence through sport.
Going forward the Mintridge team and their ambassadors will have a media partner in the form of SportSpiel.
The podcast – founded by Essex Live and Highly Commended NCTJ Awards for Excellence journalist Alasdair Hooper – has been broadcasting since April 2017 and has given Britain’s athletes the platform to express themselves and tell their stories first hand.
The not-for-profit show is hosted by Alasdair and good friend Will Moulton, the founder of The 52 Blog and one of England Hockey’s communication officers, with each episode featuring an in-depth one-on-one interview with a sports star.
Past interview guests on the podcast include the likes of British speed skater Elise Christie, T44 long jump World Champion Stef Reid, as well as Alex Paske herself.
“Ever since meeting Alex for her own special SportSpiel episode ahead of the Sportswomen of the Year Awards it has always been clear The Mintridge Foundation’s message and our own go hand in hand,” said Alasdair.
“Through their incredible work and the power of their ambassadors we’re going to deliver stories directly to even more people.
“You won’t have to be part of the classroom to hear what these amazing individuals have to say.”
Alex added: “It is going to be really exciting to be able to reach a greater audience with our incredible Ambassadors and their journeys. Alasdair and Will share very similar passions and values to the Mintridge Foundation and we are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.”
Notes to editors
The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport. We provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models.
The Mintridge Foundation assists young people of all ages, abilities and physical capabilities to develop confidence and resilience, and creates awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing through sport.
Our team of Ambassadors – Olympians, Paralympians and other professional sports stars from over 20 sports, both team and individual – work with young people in schools, clubs and academies across the UK.
Starting with visits including assemblies, coaching clinics and classroom sessions tailored to each organisation’s requirements, our ambassadors can then provide one-on-one remote mentoring in a safeguarded environment, delivered via technology such as Skype and Playwaze to build a lasting legacy for individuals.
The Mintridge Foundation’s successes demonstrate the incredible power of sport; from a mentee’s selection to represent Great Britain in their chosen field to enabling disabled children to find confidence and happiness just through participation.
Understanding life after sport, we also support our Ambassadors in their transition from active sport to the next stage of their careers.
SportSpiel is a not-for-profit fortnightly podcast hosted by Essex Live journalist Alasdair Hooper and England Hockey communications officer Will Moulton.
Since their very first episode was broadcast in April 2017 the duo have interviewed a number of the UK’s most talented athletes and sportspeople in a series of in-depth conversations.
The concept of the podcast is to give athletes the platform to express themselves and to give the listeners an insight into their personalities.
On each episode we look to tell the story behind the results and how these athletes come to be the people they are today.
The show was the first occasion in which Scottish record-breaking sprinter Beth Dobbin spoke in-depth about her epilepsy – the story was picked up by BBC Sport afterwards.
Our interviews have also featured in Athletics Weekly, including Amy Allcock’s open account about her mental battles and coach Keith Antoine’s views on Paralympic classification.
The podcast has also welcomed the likes of speed skater Elise Christie, long jumper Stef Reid, wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn and snowboarder Katie Ormerod.
Additionally, our series of Winter Olympics specials ahead of PyeongChang 2018 received widespread praise, including from broadcaster Hayley McQueen, as we told the stories of some of Team GB’s Winter Olympians including Penny Coomes, Nick Buckland and Laura Deas who went on to win a bronze medal.
The podcast has now reached thousands of pairs of ears since launching and there are vast numbers of stories still to be told.
To find out more about The Mintridge Foundation go to: http://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk
To find out more about SportSpiel go to: https://sportspielonline.com