Talented athletes selected for sport programme


Caroline, Kate, Connor and Callum

Four pupils from Sibford School have been selected to take part in a special initiative to help gifted and talented young athletes maximise their sporting and academic potential.

Junior Athlete Education (JAE) is a talent support programme run by the Youth Sports Trust.

Sibford pupils Caroline Berkley (hockey), Kate Mills (swimming), Conor Taylor (football) and Callum George (rugby) were identified for the programme via the school’s involvement with the North Oxfordshire Schools Sports Partnership.

They attended their first JAE session, led by Olympic Silver Medallist and Athlete Mentor Miriam Luke, on Friday (10 January).

Ali Phillips from Sibford School’s PE Department said: “This programme is designed specifically for young athletes who have great sporting potential and therefore need to understanding how to prioritise their work/training schedule. We’re delighted that Caroline, Kate, Conor and Callum have been given this fabulous opportunity.”

Caroline Berkley said: “The first session was really good. We were given some excellent advice about how to juggle our sport training and our homework.” Added Conor: “It went really well. There were some really good tips about how to combine our school, sport and social lives.”

In addition to the sport they take part in at Sibford School, Caroline plays regularly for Stratford Hockey Club, Kate is a member of the City of Oxford Swimming Club; Conor plays for Birmingham City FC Under 14s and Callum plays for Claverdon Rugby Club and for the Oxfordshire county side.

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