STARS squad video planning stageThe South Stoke STARS squad is running a pilot scheme for the production of video biographies for squad members. Five members of the South Stoke STARS squad from Trentham High School attended a video production workshop run by Lenzflare. The students involved in the project were Will Knight (athlete), Kieran Martin (trampolinist), Morgan Coops (Taekwondo), Paul Sunderland and Michael Owen (canoeists). All the students brought with them training and competition footage and on the day shot face to video footage and voice overs; the afternoon was spent editing the footage and compiling the videos. Once completed, the biographies will be uploaded to the SSP youtube channel. Workshops will be run by the Trentham students so that they can pass on the skills that they have learnt to other squad members with a view to more videos being produced.






South Stoke STARS squad


North Stoke STARS squad meet Craig Heap & Tim Prendagast

November STARS Squad meeting at Newcastle College

Members and parents of the North and South STARS squads were invited to attend the full North Staffordshire STARS squad meeting on November 29th at Newcastle College The format of the evening included an introduction and welcome in the main auditorium followed by two workshops led by Craig Heap and Tim Prendergast. Craig Heap is a former Commonwealth Gold medal winning gymnast who works as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust. He also works as a commentator and helped with the BBC coverage of the London 2021 Olympics. Tim Prendergast is an 800m and 1500m New Zealand athlete who has taken part in 4 Paralympic Games in the T13 category (visually impaired), winning gold in the 800m in Athens. Both men are extremely effective motivational speakers with lots of experience of working with young elite athletes.
Everyone enjoyed the workshops as they provided useful information and support for all those attending. The evening also provided the opportunity for athletes and parents from all four squads to meet and exchange experiences and to develop a network of support in the North Staffordshire area.

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