Hockey champion inspires students

Published: Friday 20 May 2016

There were plenty of inspiring words for students about to sit their exams when athlete Charlotte Hartley paid a visit to Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Charlotte, a former international hockey champion, spoke frankly about her teenage experiences and the coping strategies she used to combat bullying and the stress of balancing a sports career with degree study.

Originally a keen footballer, she took a chance opportunity to attend a hockey training session as a teen and never looked back. She went on to represent England and Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games, World Games and Junior Olympics and play professionally across the world.

Charlotte also shared the darker periods in her younger life, although she says these made her stronger as a person. Words of wisdom she had for the students included giving something a go when it’s offered, find something you enjoy doing as a break from studying and to get out and see the world before going to university, even if it’s just for two weeks.

B&FC's Sport Maker Rachel Walker joined forces with the Lancashire Sports Partnership to arrange the visit as part of a wider wellbeing scheme for students in the run-up to their exams. With funding from Sport England’s Sportivate scheme, the College is providing a number of physical activities. These include relaxing yoga and high impact box fit, with rewards for those who taking part ranging from water bottle right up to gym membership.

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