Olympic Gymnast Craig Heap Visits Stoke on Trent College


Retired Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast, Craig Heap, is touring both Burslem and Cauldon campuses this week as part of our ‘Big Tutorial’ sessions for all learners.

Craig has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions, including at the 2000 Summer Olympics after beginning his gymnastic training at just 9 years old, now committing to inspire the next generation as a mentor and motivational speaker.

The interactive sessions focus on a variety of discussion points around the subjects of motivation and goal setting, as well as key tips on how to better manage mental health. The topics of motivation and determination are discussed as part of the engaging session, encouraging learners to take a deeper look at their personal goals and assess whether they are working at the right level to achieve them.

Donna Hazledine, Student Union Development Worker, said: “We’re very grateful to Craig for taking the time to come and deliver his motivational sessions to our learners. It’s been a busy week for him with multiple sessions a day to ensure all students are able to access the Big Tutorials, but he has remained as energetic and engaging as the very first one – a testament to his great attitude.”

“These sessions are very important to our learners, encouraging them to reflect on how they can make the most of their time at Stoke on Trent College to ensure they are setting themselves up with the best chance of success later in life. Thanks again to Craig for delivering these sessions!”

These sessions are generously funded by Higher Horizons+, a collaborative network of universities and colleges offering outreach activities to schools throughout the Midlands and North West led by Keele University.

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