Bristol Sport Foundation founder and patron, Steve Lansdown, visited Oasis Academy Bank Leaze on Monday (March 4th) to see first-hand the impact of the charity’s work in the Bristol community.
Lansdown, who founded the charity in 2016, met staff and children at the Lawrence Weston-based school, before watching an after-school Forever Sport session.
Bristol Sport Foundation (BSF) promotes, funds and develops sport-based community programming on behalf of Bristol Bears Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Community Basketball, Bristol Jets Community Badminton, Bristol City Community Trust and the Bristol Sport Foundation itself.
Since September 2018, the Oasis Academy Bank Leaze has worked with a head coach and a number of specialist coaches to deliver a range of programmes, including Sums and Scrums - a rugby-themed numeracy programme – and Forever Sport – a comprehensive multi-sport programme delivered after school and in-curriculum time at primary schools.
David Wayland, Principal of Oasis Academy Bank Leaze, said: “We were delighted to have Steve visit our school to see the BSF Forever Sport programme in action."
“Students’ engagement in sport has increased significantly and children are now enjoying a variety of sports throughout the academic year.”
Steve Lansdown, founder of Bristol Sport Foundation, said: “I’ve learned just how much we’re doing and it’s really impressive."
“The number of schools we are in and the number of children we are now putting through the programmes, it’s just mind-boggling. We’re moving from strength to strength with new ideas coming around all of the time."
“The idea behind the Foundation was to bring all of the charities together and make them work better as individual charities and as a group – and I think that has happened. But also, the Foundation has developed a life of its own and that’s also to be commended."
“It’s not just one sport, there are 19 being delivered and that’s unbelievable. It’s what you want – you want kids to be active, leading a healthy lifestyle, enjoying playing sports and taking that through into the rest of their lives.”