Badminton star pays a visit to Friesland

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Pupils from Friesland School in Sandiacre have spent the day with nine-time England national badminton doubles champion Anthony Clark.

He visited the school on Tuesday on behalf of Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free secondary schools initiative delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, which uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Pupils selected by their teachers to take part in the initiative had the chance to share with Clark the activities they have been involved with, as well as talk through their achievements and the skills they have learned on and off the playing field.

During the session Clark also shared with the class his own story of overcoming difficulties to excel in sport and taught pupils the value of using Sky Sports Living for Sport’s Six Keys to Success to improve their lives, namely mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Clark said: “The young people I met and the teachers that support them are truly inspirational.

“I hope that by sharing my story and discussing the positive role sport has played in my own life, I can inspire young people to improve their lives through sport.”