International women’s rugby star Jo Yapp spent the day teaching students at Writhlington School as part of the Sky Sports ‘Living for sport’ program.
Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ is a free secondary schools initiative that uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills for students in Britain.
Jo gained her first international rugby win at the age of 18 and went on to play for her country 70 times, competing in three World cups, gaining two silver medals and captaining the team in 2005/06.
Her budding sporting career meant she had to learn how to balance study and sport, entering the 1998 World cup whilst revising for her A-levels. This demanded exceptional organisational skills in order to commit time to both training and schoolwork.
Jo spoke about her career and life in sport and delivered sessions on team building, fitness training and diet to students from a range of different year groups.
This is Jo’s third term as a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor. She says: “The programme allows you to deliver a message to all students - not just those that are interested in sport. It sets out clear values and skills that students can relate to in order to reach their own personal goals, whatever they may be.”
On the 3rd of December Kate Grey, a Paralympic swimmer will also be coming to Writhlington as part of the ‘Living for Sport’ scheme.