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The Mintridge Foundation: October update

It has been an incredibly exciting month for The Mintridge Foundation. This month saw us reach and impact our 40,000th student since the Foundation began! This is an incredible achievement and was announced during a Bronze netball programme with Eboni Beckford-Chambers.

We are delighted that the Foundation has already reached and made a positive impact on so many young people across the country. We hope over the coming months and years that as a charity we will reach many more.

Our second piece of exciting news is that our director Alex Paske has been shortlisted in a national newspaper’s Sportswoman of the Year in the grassroots category. This is an incredible recognition of all the hard work and commitment Alex has put into building the Foundation over the last three years. The winner is voted for by the public. So please show your support for our wonderful director and Foundation via this link.

https://sportswomenoftheyear.co.uk/awards

Another development for the Foundation is the appointment of our new Head of Fundraising. We are delighted that our colleague Vicki is joining the Foundation, and we hope that with the extra funding we can do more to support schools and hopefully inspire more young people with our fantastic Ambassadors.

During the next month, we will be looking forward to some exciting gold programme fixtures. These are fixtures that we take the mentees to if they have been mentored by one of our Ambassadors. It is a great opportunity for the mentees to see their Ambassador compete or experience the high-performance atmosphere that their Ambassador may have been previously involved in. We will have the pleasure of attending a Birmingham City Women’s football match as our brilliant football Ambassador Laura Bassett has been mentoring two Wootton Park mentees since the end of July. Laura will attend this match and spend the day with her mentees.

As well as this we will also get to visit the fantastic Marko Backovic as we take one of his mentees to see him play basketball for Sheffield Sharks. This is a fantastic opportunity for Marko’s mentee to understand the commitment and the effort it takes to play elite level sport and gives the mentee a chance to meet their Ambassador again face to face.

The Mintridge Foundation can hardly believe it’s nearly half term already. In the first 6 weeks of this term, we have been extremely busy up and down the country hosting a range of programmes. Some of the highlights have included Marilyn Okoro leading an inspiring presentation at Princess Helena College’s awards evening and Eboni Beckford-Chambers leading a full day of netball at Benenden School. At the start of September James Golding was welcomed to Vyners School to lead their awards evening and Kelvin Batey inspired the audience at Manor School’s awards evening. Laura Sugar has been busy hosting a bronze programme at Quilters Junior School.

Finally, we have welcomed another Ambassador to join Team Mintridge. Patrick Foster is joining The Mintridge Foundation as he has an incredible story to tell. We hope to share Patrick’s compelling story of professional sport and personal adversity with young people across the country.

If you would like one of our 30 inspirational Ambassadors to visit your school or club or if you would like to find out more about The Mintridge Foundation and what we do, please look at our website: http://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ or contact katie@mintridge.org.uk