On Wednesday 9th March, 220 Luton primary school children will participate in an all-day sporting festival – the TUI Games. We’re running this in partnership with SportsInspired, a charity whose passion is about engaging children in sport and building the community.
This is the first event of its kind in Luton and the local primary school children will get to experience six different sports – Rugby, Karate, Gymnastics, Athletics, Fit Ball and in the most amazing, supportive atmosphere that is all about team spirit and participation – competition and winning is secondary.
Thomas Barnett, Early Talent Manager for TUI and the lead for the TUI Games, explained the benefits: “Sports at school can be challenging for many children – some love it, some hate it and it puts them off for life. The Games are about helping children experience the excitement and fun of sports, often new sports, in a safe supportive atmosphere. It’s all about making sport fun rather than competition. The biggest trophy on the day is all about team spirit, so more points are awarded for inclusion, participation and giving it a go than winning. Our hope is that even a child, especially those who aren’t into sport will have a great day and want to do more – maybe even join a club.”
50 Year 10 students from three local secondary schools will also be acting as young leaders on the day, mentoring and leading teams of children. They will be supported by one of 50 TUI Games Ambassadors – colleagues from across the TUI business who will be supporting the event.
Together they will be leading teams of young people and working with the local sports clubs and coaches to give every child a fantastic day, where they leave feeling positive about themselves and enthused about sport – maybe even choosing to take one up.
There will also be some upcoming sporting stars joining them on the day:
Megan Gordon an upcoming footballer, who’s showing potential for our National team. She plays for MK Dons and is also part of the English College’s National team and will be off to Portugal soon with them.
Rechmial Miller a 17 year old 100 meter sprinter – his BP is 10.39 seconds. Rechmial was a bronze medallist at the World Youth Games in Columbia and a silver medallist at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.
Tom also explained how the TUI Games will help the business: “We will also be providing work experience opportunities for some of the young leaders over the coming months – a great way to build our talent pipeline for the future. And of course our TUI Games Ambassadors are able to develop their leadership skills too – their role in inspiring and guiding the young leaders on the day is critical It was wonderful to see them connect when the young leaders they met last week at a briefing session.”