At Dream Big Sports, we thrive on going above and beyond our everyday duties to inspire the next generation of sportsmen and women. One initiative that helps us to be so successful at this is the fact that we are able to connect with local and national sports stars who have all shared this same dream as a youngster.
On Monday 6th February, Olympic gold medal hero Nicola White urged youngsters to shoot for their dreams when she visited one of our Rochdale partner schools. Nicola, a key member of Team GB’s victorious hockey squad at the 2016 Rio games, dropped into Castleton Primary to tell pupils all about her experiences and the glory of representing her country. She also took questions from her enthralled audience who asked her about all aspects of her life and training before putting the school’s hockey team through its paces. One of the questions she was asked was ‘Which of the world’s teams were toughest to play?’. She replied: “Holland is one of the hardest teams in the world to play, although we beat them, I believe we’d only done that once before. “The other toughest are Australia and Argentina – those three together are the toughest and we beat them all.”
After the Q&A Nicola said: “I really enjoyed my time at Castleton and got such a warm welcome from everyone. They were really enthusiastic and wanted to know all about how I got into hockey and I told them my story. But I also wanted to tell them about how training your mind is as important as your body and that whatever you want to do, you can do it if you are motivated and want to succeed.”
Her visit was organised by co-directors Dillan O’Connor and Dale Harris. Dale said: “The kids have really enjoyed Nicola’s visit and the idea is to inspire them to go on and achieve their dreams. And you never know, one of them could go on to be the next Nicola White one day.”
You can also read the full news article on the Manchester Evening News website here:
This visit comes as a second visit following Castleton Primary’s visit from Paralympic Athlete Stephen Robinson less than 6 months ago. This visit also organised by Dream Big Sports, going above and beyond, more than just physical education providers.