Champion boxer Jordan Gill goes back to his Chatteris school
A champion boxer has gone back to his old Chatteris school to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.
Jordan Gill, who won the Commonwealth Featherweight title in October, returned to Cromwell Community College in Wenny Road to talk to current students about how to be successful in their chosen careers. He was taking part in a programme run by the national education charity Future First which helps state schools and colleges harness the talents and experience of former students to support the current generation.
Jordan toured the school, which he left in 2012, and told the students about the dangers of drugs, social media and lethargy.
Jamie Russell, assistant principal, said: "We are very proud of Jordan, not just because of his achievements but because he represents what we as a college have always strived for. Young people who are considerate, give back and do their best."
Cromwell Community College is one of a thousand state secondary schools and colleges across Britain which have worked with Future First. More than 226,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to volunteer in their old school at workshops and assemblies designed to motivate young people and broaden their jobs horizons so they are more likely to be able to achieve a career of their choice regardless of their background.
Matt Lent, chief executive officer of Future First said: "Students cannot be what they cannot see. It is vital to open their eyes to opportunities beyond their own world and show them the range of jobs available. Alumni help schools do this by acting as relatable positive role models. If a student sees someone who has the same background has gone on to achieve success, they are far more likely to think they can too."
Heather Paul, director of post 16, is waiting to hear from former students on firstname.lastname@example.org. Former students can also register with Future First by clicking the ‘For former students’ link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk.
For further information about Future First, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk, contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on email@example.com or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.