Fenland school’s budding sports stars benefit from multi-millionaire’s Wells Sports Foundation

BUDDING sports stars at a Fenland school enjoyed a visit from an Olympic hopeful as part of a multi-millionaire’s drive to encourage greater participation in sport.

Members of Neale-Wade Community College’s sports academy in March spent last Wednesday being put through their paces by 22-year-old triathlete Charlotte Roach.

The talented performer is one of 17 ambassadors for the Wells Sports Foundation - created by lifetime financial services entrepreneur Barrie Wells. He founded Prospero Direct, which later became AXA Direct, and has invested �2million into the scheme.

Ms Roach said: “I know that my experiences can really motivate these kids and give them a real insight into the highs and lows of sport.

“I have been so lucky to receive support from the Wells Sports Foundation. Sport is my life and inspiring children to get active is really satisfying.”

The endurance specialist was actively involved with all events during her visit and led a practical and classroom session.

Ben Crosbie, the school’s PE teacher, said: “Charlotte gave an insight into how she trains and the sacrifices that she has made. She explained how to balance academic studies and training - which is important for our students.”

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Mr Wells is an ex-track athlete and grandson of former pole vault world record holder Ernest Latimer Stones. Half of his investment is to be shared between the 17 world-class athletes in the hope of boosting their podium chances at the 2012 London Olympics.

The remaining �1million will be devoted to grassroots projects and individuals and clubs can apply for grants of up to �2,000.

Mr Wells, from Liverpool, said: “Charlotte is one of our star ambassadors and a natural at engaging with young people. She really is an inspiration.”

To find out more about applying for the ‘Athletes 4 Schools’ scheme, visit www.wellssportsfoundation.org.

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