Mr Hodkinson and PC Wright jet out to Qatar to speak at the Doha GOALS forum.

A global conference took place in Qatar from 9 to 11 December 2013, to which our Deputy Headteacher, Pete Hodkinson and School Based Police Officer, PC Andy Wright were invited.

Named “Doha Goals”, the conference is the world’s premier platform for world leaders to create initiatives for global progress through sport. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamed Al Thani, The Emir of Qatar, Doha Goals is a gathering of all leaders in sport including CEO’s, Government officials, athletes, federation heads, urban developers, coaches, managers and medical experts, It’s aim is to create partnerships and initiatives to tackle the most pressing social issues through debates, focused taskforces and constructive brainstorming. The sessions the School were representatives on were Community Projects, Sporting Lifestyles and Sport in Education.

The invite came from Jonathan Edwards (Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder) who visited the school in 2011 as part of the London 2012 build up. He was amazed at how the school offered extracurricular activities free of charge through our award winning Nowt2Do project and how it engages students and has also helped to reduce anti-social behavior in the community. He commented that the school was the most inspirational of his hundreds of visits in the run up to the Olympics and wanted us to represent the UK at the conference.

More details about the event can be found on the website below and as you will see, Mr Hodkinson and PC Wright were speakers with some equally famous names!

Visit the Conference Website or watch the Conference Highlights video

There was an elite list of invitees such as Lord Mandelson, Cherie Blair, international Sports Ministers and sports stars including Dame Kelly Holmes, Michael Johnson, paralympian Chris Holmes, long distance runner Wilson Kipketer, Boris Becker, Ilie Nastase, Roger Milla, Nadia Comaneci and Mikael Silvestre.

This is the latest good news story in a short space of time for the school and its extracurricular project.

In June 2013, in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, Her Majesty The Queen has honoured the Nowt2Do Project as recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013 in recognition of its outstanding voluntary work in the community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind – it is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The invitation to represent UK sport and education tops a remarkable year for the school and its extracurricular project.

Mr Hodkinson commented, “We were rubbing shoulders with many famous people from the global arena of Sport. I was wondering whether to take Freddie’s pens and keyrings to give them all! On a serious note, Andy and I were the only people from a school anywhere in the world at the event, which was very exciting. It’s thanks to Jonathan Edwards that we were invited to be part of the UK delegation and we are very proud that our school captured his imagination. Obviously, I already knew that we had the best students in the world!”