Education Providers

How will the Yorkshire Champions Group support young people in your education setting?

This ‘free’ service from the Yorkshire Champions Group exists to support the school and the teachers. Irrelevant of the Champion that you are engaging with and building a partnership with, they can have a lasting, positive impact on children and young people.

Community Champions

Engaging with Community Champions, through inspiring speeches, mentoring and coaching sessions, or visits to the work place can inspire any young person. With the right direction and support, all young people have the potential to succeed.

The purpose of the Community Champions is to inspire, encourage and motivate children and young people. The Champions hope to change attitudes about how some children feel about education; knowing that negative behaviours and beliefs about schooling can have a negative impact on the young person’s rest of their life.

The ‘Educational Bank Account’ is a concept that Community Champions discuss with children and young people. The idea that every bit of effort and knowledge retained now is almost like banking invisible money. Throughout a child’s lifetime in education, they are building up this invisible money and can use it wisely to make informed decisions later on in life. This tool is vital for children to understand the importance of acquiring skills and knowledge and grabbing opportunities when they can.

Ultimately, the Community Champions will convey the value and importance of motivation and effort in education. With this passion to succeed, it will lead to better outcomes for our young people and more opportunities that will open up.

If you are an educational provider and would like to know how your students could benefit from working with a Community Champion, please complete the Community Champions Booking Form. Alternatively, if you require more information about how you can work with a Community Champion, please email Yorkshirechampionsgroup@gmail.com

Sports Champions 

The Yorkshire Sports Champions will motivate and inspire children and young people focusing on their sporting achievements, they will relate their personal sporting journey to resilience, mental and physical health and well-being and the importance of leaving education with a full `Educational Bank Account.

If you are an educational provider and would like to know how your students could benefit from working with a Sports Champion, please complete the Sports Champions Booking Form. Alternatively, if you require more information about how you can work with a Sports Champion, please email Yorkshirechampionsgroup@gmail.com

Business Champions

From an early age, it is important to educate children about the various careers available to them once they finish school. Businesses are an excellent source of information and provide guidance to our next generation of work force. The expertise of businesses helps to educate young people in a way that is real-world, relevant and meaningful.

Young people tend to be highly receptive to receiving career information and advice from the specific individuals that work in that domain. Businesses may offer work experience and other hands-on experience, coaching and mentoring, careers fairs and visits from representatives. Giving these opportunities to learners in education, enables them to make informed decisions about their future. 

Giving young people the prospect to seek future career paths and employment opportunities is invaluable. The involvement of businesses helps to show relevance to young people. With this in mind, children and young people may become more motivated in education, knowing that this in turn will bring about academic success, leading to more opportunities that can be taken.

The sharing of knowledge and skills from businesses with educational institutions is an invaluable tool to ensure the young people are best prepared for their next steps in life. 

If you are an educational provider and would like to know how your students could benefit from working with a Business, please email Yorkshirechampionsgroup@gmail.com

Community and Sports Champion Booking Form

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A monitoring and Evaluation form will be set at the same time as the booking form. Please sign to say that this will be completed after the visit within two weeks.

Our Champions

Adele Hartley-Spencer – Director of Nursing (Operations)

Adele Hartley-Spencer – Director of Nursing (Operations)

Adrian Kneeshaw BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MBA, LLE – Chief Executive and Accounting Officer

Adrian Kneeshaw BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MBA, LLE – Chief Executive and Accounting Officer

Alison Lowe OBE – Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Alison Lowe OBE – Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Andrea Eli –  Channel Director

Andrea Eli – Channel Director

Ann-Marie Keighley – Marketing Manager

Ann-Marie Keighley – Marketing Manager

Anne Newton – Technical Analyst – Yorkshire Water

Anne Newton – Technical Analyst – Yorkshire Water

Asif Khan – Entrepreneur and Commercial Banker

Asif Khan – Entrepreneur and Commercial Banker

Ben Paolozzi – Trustee of the Magistrates Association

Ben Paolozzi – Trustee of the Magistrates Association

Bolu Fagborun – Managing Director

Bolu Fagborun – Managing Director

Capt Alan Wrigley JP BSc MPhil DHyp FRAeS CBiol MBIH AIL

Capt Alan Wrigley JP BSc MPhil DHyp FRAeS CBiol MBIH AIL

Catherine Hankinson – Assistant Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

Catherine Hankinson – Assistant Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

Cathy Prior – Social Impact Programme – Education Lead

Cathy Prior – Social Impact Programme – Education Lead

Chantel Patrick – Police Inspector – Neighbourhood Policing

Chantel Patrick – Police Inspector – Neighbourhood Policing

Chris Lawley – Assistant Branch Manager (AK Teaching) and Founder of The Revelry Collective

Chris Lawley – Assistant Branch Manager (AK Teaching) and Founder of The Revelry Collective

Claire Pryke – Associate Director Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions

Claire Pryke – Associate Director Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions

Daniel Balaz – Company Director/Head of Services

Daniel Balaz – Company Director/Head of Services

Daniel Ekis – Former Professional Rugby League Player

Daniel Ekis – Former Professional Rugby League Player

Darren Tetley – Professional Boxer

Darren Tetley – Professional Boxer

Dave Walton – Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Dave Walton – Deputy Chief Fire Officer

David Calder – Site Director

David Calder – Site Director

David Coupe – Senior Partner

David Coupe – Senior Partner

David Crossley – General Manager

David Crossley – General Manager

David Harmer – Global Technology, Media, Marketing and Sales Specialist

David Harmer – Global Technology, Media, Marketing and Sales Specialist

David Pearson JP DL MA(York) FRSA –  Deputy Lieutenant, West Yorkshire Lieutenancy

David Pearson JP DL MA(York) FRSA – Deputy Lieutenant, West Yorkshire Lieutenancy

David Wilford – Chief Executive Officer

David Wilford – Chief Executive Officer

Denise Stroud – Enthusiastic Artist and Interfaith Ambassador

Denise Stroud – Enthusiastic Artist and Interfaith Ambassador

Dr (Neil) Harry Ashurst (Anaesthetist)

Dr (Neil) Harry Ashurst (Anaesthetist)

Dr Frances McGregor JP – Senior Lecturer

Dr Frances McGregor JP – Senior Lecturer

Dr Manoj Joshi MBE DL – Chairman

Dr Manoj Joshi MBE DL – Chairman

Dr Trevor Higgins – Chief Executive Officer

Dr Trevor Higgins – Chief Executive Officer

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