Yahya is a confident pupil who has always enjoyed playing sport, and has had success in a number of sports. In Sept 2010 we set up the Lampton School Basketball Academy. Yahya discovered that this program was tough, required discipline and dedication and realised this is something he could excel in.
It was clear that sport was a passion for him and it was felt that he could be shown the various life and communication skills it could teach him, he’d extend that learning process in to the other areas of his life in and outside of school. The school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport programme adopted basketball as its primary vehicle and showed how certain skills and processes on the court could be transferred to the classroom and life in general. During the programme, the school received a visit from professional Judo player Tom Davis, who used his story of struggle and success through sport to encourage the group to be the best they can be and make the right choices in life and sport.
Yahya has gone from strength to strength this academic year excelling in the class room to being a role model for other pupils on and off the basketball court. He now mentors many of the younger basketball players in the academy and some of those older than him and all look to him for advice and direction be it in a basketball sense or otherwise.
Yahya’s level of maturity goes beyond his years. He arrives at school every morning at 7.00am to work on his craft while also taking time to coach and assist the younger players. Last year he took on full coaching responsibilities for the U12 team throughout their tournaments and games. He has gone from strength to strength and is a model disciplined, dedicated, helpful and mature young man who is an inspiration to those around him. Thanks must go to Sky Sports and Tom Davies (potential Judo Olympian) for also inspiring Yahya and cementing the positive life skills we have been delivering all year through the Lampton School Basketball Academy.