Children just love Being Brilliant

February 27 2015

SPORTS stars have been sharing their success stories with local school children, as part of a pioneering project aimed at boosting positivity and happiness.

SPORTS stars have been sharing their success stories with local school children, as part of a pioneering project aimed at boosting positivity and happiness.

Five-hundred primary school kids from across Bristol - including those at Ashley Down Schools Federation - attended day two of the 'Brilliant Bristol' programme at Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium.

The session - aimed at Year 5 pupils - was called the 'Art of Being Brilliant' and focused on setting 'huge unbelievably great goals' (HUGGs), as well as bouncing back from setbacks and becoming more resilient.

The children, aged nine to 10, will take part in three days of training in total.

Local sports personalities were invited along to share their experiences of goal setting, dedication and achieving success.

Dan Blythe, a black sash in Kung Fu from GB Fit, spoke about Sharon Gill - a six times World Kickboxing Champion - before leading a demonstration with the children.

Pupils also took part in a question and answer session hosted by five Bristol Rovers players.

The project, led by happiness expert and children's book author Andy Cope, is designed to introduce school children to the latest thinking in areas of positive psychology and happiness, and aims to have a significant impact on attitudes at home and school.

Andy said:“Good grades are important. But it’s equally important for our schools to turn out well-rounded young people, so we’re intending to focus on confidence, happiness, resilience and personal responsibility.

“Our belief is that when children are feeling great, they learn more effectively.”

Laurence Pitt, executive headteacher of Ashley Down Schools Federation, who helped bring the scheme to Bristol, believes that children need a little helping hand to bring out that inner positivity and he is determined to spread the happiness.

He said: “We think Brilliant Bristol will equip the children to deal much better with school. We also think it will set kids up to be confident, positive, upbeat, passionate and happy - things that go well beyond the classroom.

“It’s about aspiration – if you have the right attitude, the world is your oyster.”

Adam Tutton, head of education at Bristol Rovers, said: “It has been a pleasure hosting the Brilliant Bristol workshop at the Memorial Stadium and we are delighted to have played our part in encouraging so many Bristol school children to think positively.”

The key principles of the 'Art of Being Brilliant' were delivered on day one of the course, which was held at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground in January.

The next session is March 10, when children will start planning how they are going to share their positive messages at school and in their local communities.

Plans will also be made for a record-breaking attempt of the 'most random acts of kindness in one day', which will take place in Bristol June 25.

Sports stars talking to children about Being Brilliant