A number of lucky students from a local secondary school in the heart of London joined Prince Harry, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams in the boxing ring at the Black Prince's Trust in Lambeth, South London for the launch of new initiative, Made by Sport, which aims to support disadvantaged young people through sport.
20 students of mixed ages and genders from Oasis Academy South Bank, an Ofsted rated outstanding secondary school and Sixth Form, situated on Westminster Bridge Road in London were invited by the Black Prince Trust to attend this very special event in Lambeth on Wednesday 12th June.
Students from the Academy were able to do a mini sparring session with Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams, and got to speak with Prince Harry about their opinion on what sport has done for them.
Among the students joined by Harry and Nicola in the ring were Oasis Academy schoolgirls Naomi Tsehaie, 11, Abigael Dosso, 12, and Khadija Wurie, 12.
Naomi Tsehaie, Year 7 Student from Oasis Academy South Bank, said; “We are all here because we love sport and how it makes us feel. Nicola showed me a few tricks, like how to spin my hand around and punch. We had been really nervous about meeting Prince Harry but he was great and talking to us about how good sports makes us feel.”
The Duke launched a new campaign called Made by Sport, which is a four-year campaign set up to champion the role sport can play in changing lives, as well as raising vital funds, £40 million in total, making it the largest ever grassroots fundraising campaign - for community groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the country.
It will link more than 60 different sporting organisations in the hope of reaching into thousands of schools and clubs across the country. Statistics show that young people from poorer backgrounds are 50 per cent less likely to play regular sport.
Abigail Luetchford, Head of Girls PE at Oasis Academy South Bank, added; “It was an amazing day, the students are still very excited from their recent trip. An all-round terrific and inspiring day that they will remember forever.”
When the group seemed a little shy, Joshua, who had been coaching them earlier, urged them: "Tell them what you told me!"
Harry said: "A lot of kids your age have anger and emotions they don’t know what to do with, that’s not unique. They are looking for a way to channel it and this is where they should be doing it. You make friends, you find family, and you are just part of a different gang."
Joshua interjected: "Just remember, everyone has a purpose in life. All you need is a t-shirt, a tracksuit and a pair of gloves."
Justin King, Chair of Made By Sport, said; “It can teach us skills that last a lifetime and - in a world where local sports is under increasing pressure, where it’s easier to play on your phone than in a park and where joining gangs can be more glamorous than joining teams - we believe it can play a pivotal role in how young people develop.”
“The event marks the start of a crucial four-year journey for Made By Sport that will see the campaign champion community sports and raise much needed funds to support it across the UK.”