A look back on 2012

As the year draws to an end, I’d like to reflect on the academy’s achievements of the last 12 months. There have been some great highlights this year on and off the track.

Let’s start with Mahmood. His track achievements are undoubtedly impressive but what is even more impressive is his professional attitude, respect and leadership
qualities. Mahmood will be the first to admit that he wasn’t always like this but he showed that anyone can change and that a positive attitude in your application to life will one
day reward you. Mahmood’s reward came quickly when he was crowned English Schools Champion this year. He also capped the season finishing
at the top of the table as UK’s #1 (U15b 400m).

Not far behind Mahmood, is Rhys Francis. In only his first year of athletics, Rhys finished 2nd at the London Schools Championships with a National standard time, a time and position that saw him joining Mahmood, representing London at The English Schools Champs. Although Rhys didn’t get the result he hoped for, he will hopefully reflect on what he has achieved in such a short space of time and the progressive season he had.

There are a few athletes who will soon reflect on earlier successes as they have so far showed great determination during these tough winter sessions.
These cold winter nights are testing, they test strength of character. The same athletes turn up on time, every time. Not only does it show their commitment and projected future success, it
signifies that they are equipped with the application needed to prosper in which ever direction they decide to take, including athletics. On that note, a special mention must go out to Alessandro and Ornella – these two are true warriors. Every session they battle it out with each other but the thing that is most uplifting is their mutual support. They will literally run and cheer each other on
(whilst us seniors will be looking with envy at their energy, with a smile of joy to see such great spirit!!) Watch out for these names, A lessandro and Ornella, COMING SOON.

Other athletes who have shown Great Spirit are Lily, Adam Wright, Agard, Ige, Kimani, Tamar (especially lately!) and Emmanuel! I must not forget Daniel and Ben, two peas in a pod. Anton, well, we will discuss him later. Darni, Ray, Stephano, Dre all are completing their DOE Award. ROCHELLE GIDDEN who has garnered ambitions to become the first black female Prime Minister whilst completing 2 weeks work experience at LOGOC…
Whilst the athletes have had great success, we’ve also had a few less fortunate who we wish all the best and remind that our door is open for when you’re ready to return, yes James
Claridge, that also applies to you. Ha.

Without the support of our partners, funders, management teams and coaches – SFAC would not be what it is today and I would just like to send hugs your way and say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to you all!

David Amstrong from Sported and Stuart Lesley from PWC have been the best mentors ever and for this too
we are eternally grateful. Without their support, SFAC would not have the infrastructure it has today. Fact.

PLFC – Jon Ronan, Mel and PE department have led the way on partnership work. PLFC are arguably the highest athletics performers in the Lewisham Schools this year, winning both
girls and the boys borough champs. It’s been a joy working with you all and we look forward to working closely with you next year!

Speaking of which, next year is looking up! SFAC is now operating in Lewisham, Lambeth and will roll out to another London Borough this year. Stay tuned as it
could be your borough. In fact, if you have made it this far, we can enter you into our ‘Guess the borough comp?’ More details to come…

January, 2013 – we will start our Sportshall athletics session, adult/parent/guardian session and will
increase our partnership work so if you’re reading this document and would like to get involved, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you 🙂

One of the most exciting things happening in 2013 is the launch of our satellite disability sessions in
partnership with Access Sport. Info coming soon

Some other highlights in a special year; saw our athletes competing in a closed Olympic test event on the 1st August. With Olympic Games already underway and the Olympic park full of life,
S Factors athletes competed inside the 80,000 seater stadium just days before the greatest athletes on earth. London Athletics said: “We would not have achieved our objective in supporting LOCOG if it hadn’t of been for clubs like S Factor. Their athletes did a great job and hopefully enjoyed their experience of the stadium and the Olympic park”

We also achieved Clubmark; a standard set by Sport England to commit clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants.

S Factors concept was derived form my own life experience and the ethos came from the support I had and still have from my old school teacher, Stuart Ashby! We will be celebrating our awards in
Feb at City Hall, where Stuart will be in attendance to present the main awards that represent the ‘2012 Olympic Values’. The main award is named after him and is called ‘The Stuart Ashby Award’.
Our awards are always great fun with young acts, great food and our Olympian ambassadors who are always present. If you would like to be a part of this event in any capacity, please do get in touch.

Right, I said it was going to be short so time to sign out. Have a lovely break whatever you do and a prosperous New Year!
Warm Regards, Lisa Miller Director

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