Leeds sports stars give exam boost to youngsters

Picture caption: Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams with young reporters (L-R) Jade Chadwick, Emma Roberts and Greg Newark.

Sporting heroes from across the city have been showing their support to Leeds pupils who are taking exams this year, by being part of a motivational film for Child Friendly Leeds.

A team of young reporters visited sports stars including Olympians, Paralympians, footballers and rugby players to record messages of encouragement and inspiration for all youngsters in Leeds who are taking exams this year.

Nicola Adams, Hannah Cockroft, Leeds Rhinos and LUFC U18 players and coaches were among the role models who gave their time and top tips for free to the young reporters from DigitalMe. The final film has been shared with all Leeds secondary schools, to inspire all their students preparing for their exams.

Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams and Leeds Rhino Danny McGuire, who both appear on the video, have also agreed to support the council’s aim to be the best city for children to grow up in, by becoming Child Friendly Leeds ambassadors.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said: “It is fantastic that so many talented sportspeople have taken the time out of their busy schedules to record these messages of support and good wishes to young people taking their exams.

“We all know how important it is to give all our children and young people the encouragement and inspiration to be a success. This film shows them that Leeds is behind them and believes they can do well.

“Child Friendly Leeds is about putting young people at the heart of everything we do. By recognising that exams are one of the most challenging times in a young person’s life and giving them encouragement to try their best will hopefully give everyone a real boost.”

Simon Flowers, principal at Carr Manor community school said:

“I am looking forward to showing our young people this unique video. I know they will find real inspiration from the Leeds sporting stars’ messages of encouragement and support. This is a difficult and challenging time for thousands of Leeds young people and it is really positive and important to have the city united behind them as they tackle these crucial examinations.”

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DigitalMe help young people gain skills and confidence through new technology. Our open programmes develop and reward 21st century skills through real life learning. DigitalMe have been training and facilitating young reporters in Leeds for the past four years through Leeds Inspired funded project LS Live.

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