Keith Cook at Wester Hailes Education Centre

We were extremely lucky to have Keith Cook working with our young people at Wester Hailes Education Centre this week as part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport programme.  Young learners from all year groups participated in workshops with Keith to build and develop a variety of key skills including; teamwork, hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Keith has enjoyed a highly decorated career in fencing; including six Commonwealth medals, a European team bronze medal and a British Championship.  He continues to represent Great Britain at international level, winning more than 100 caps, and remains the youngest fencer to be selected for the Scottish Senior Team at the age of 15.

Keith, who in fact is from Edinburgh, shared with our young people some of the barriers he faced growing up in the area and how he overcame them to become so successful today.

Our learners participated in a variety of activities, which had a huge focus on working together and supporting one another. It was fantastic to see our young people grasp the idea of team dynamics and why it is important to include everyone’s strengths. Another part of the day that our young people found extremely engaging was ‘Who is in team me?’ where the students had to think about who was in their team and could help them achieve their goals; family, teachers, friends etc.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by young people, Wester Hailes Education Centre staff and Keith. Our young people fully engaged in the day and really did the school proud. After speaking with some of our learners, it was evident that they had gained knowledge about how these key skills were imperative as they moved through school and for their futures

“We learned that if we all work together as a team; we are more likely to achieve.”

(Alex-Leigh Hendry, S3)