Team GB 2012 Volleyball Captain Maria Bertelli was the guest of honour at Highfields School in Matlock, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, last week (Friday 16th May). The athlete unveiled an Olympic Mural – part of sports art legacy project that GCSE and A level art classes and staff have been working on since the 2012 London Games.
The day was a celebration event led by Maria as part of the Get Set to Make A Change project which supports young people to organise community projects inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values to encourage people in their local area to come together to take part in sport, be more active and lead healthier, balanced lifestyles.
East Midlands Olympic Legacy Officer, Gaynor Nash also attended. The day was filmed by the Get Set to Make a Change team.
Maria, who then spent the gloriously sunny day at the school leading volleyball workshops with years 6 through to 12, said, “I had a fantastic day. I’m in awe of the work you are doing at Highfields. You really are changing lives. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in some small way.”
Highfields School Sports Coordinator, Jayne Allen, said, “It was an amazing day. The art work looks so professional. Maria is an inspiration and the Highfields student ‘Legacy Leaders’ can be very proud of their achievements, as always.”
Pupils from South Darley Primary School and All Saints Juniors in Matlock also got involved. Paul Wilde, South Darley Primary Headteacher, said, “The students certainly enjoyed Friday and can’t wait to play this new sport.”
Press release: Friday 23 May 2014
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