Team GB hockey medallist visits Daventry's Welton CE Academy

Pupils at Daventry’s Welton CE Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have taken part in a day of sports activities with Team GB Hockey player and Olympic Bronze medallist, Sally Walton.

The Olympian’s visit began with an inspirational whole school assembly, where Sally spoke about her background, early career and what it takes to become an elite athlete.

After talking more about life as a professional athlete, Sally ran hockey sessions for every class, from Reception through to Year 6 - a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for pupils at the village primary school.

As part of a VIP lunch, a number of lucky pupils also had the chance to hear more about Sally’s professional career, her ambitions and how her determination helped her to succeed.

Throughout the afternoon, Sally visited each class to answer questions and take photographs with the pupils.

Following the sessions, Jessica, a Year 6 pupil, remarked: "That was fantastic! It was amazing to welcome an Olympian to our school.”                                                                                                


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Welton CE Academy is committed to providing a world-class education that inspires every child to aim high and achieve the very best they can.

Through the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme, pupils have access to a wide range of exciting and varied opportunities, encouraging them to discover new things, explore their passions and develop their talents.

Mike Colcombe, Headteacher at Welton CE Academy, said: “This was an incredible opportunity for our pupils to hear first hand from an Olympic athlete. Sally’s visit has really inspired them to work hard in order to reach their goals.”

If you would like to find out more about life at Welton and how the primary school can broaden your child’s horizons, please contact 01327 703 177 or email