An Olympic water polo player will help a Bristol academy to launch its Sky Living for Sport project this year.

John Cabot Academy is taking part in the free initiative sponsored by Sky Sports to use sports stars and skills to boost confidence, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Craig Figes, who captained the GB water polo team at the 2012 Olympics, will mentor 15 students from years 7-11.

Figes attended the school last week where he held a Q and A session, a practical sports session and met and coached the water polo team.

Mark White, the academy’s schools sports co-ordinator said: “Our students are really looking forward to taking part in this initiative and meeting an Olympic star.”

He said the project would improve life chances and benefit students “both now and in the future”.

Main pic: British Olympian Craig Figes (centre) with students from John Cabot Academy


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