Phoebe Law Helps To Bust Myths, Smash Taboos & Support Young Female Athletes At Gresham's School
The Menstrual Cycle is a normal, natural process to be proud of and in the words of Phoebe Law to the students, staff and parents at Gresham’s School; IT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER!
Together, the Female Athlete Pod and the Mintridge Foundation (led by two Old Greshamian students themselves, Lucy Lomax and Alex Wallace) helped normalise the conversation about periods and the menstrual cycle alongside exercise through an online interactive webinar on 31st January.
Phoebe Law has competed for both the Junior and Senior GB teams in Cross Country and alongside her role with Orreco, world leaders in bio – analytics made her the perfect person to speak around this subject. Through simple ideas, hints and tips, she would help optimise remaining active and support performance of the Gresham’s students.
Phoebe delivered a whistle stop tour of a healthy menstrual cycle and puberty, stressing that we are all unique before looking in more detail around advice for exercise and nutrition and the menstrual cycle. Myth busting, lifestyle factors and tracking were all manageable ways that Phoebe encouraged before opening the floor to questions.
With a topic that can be seen as “taboo”, a webinar is a great way to introduce the topic and allows everyone to engage in the way that they would like before moving the discussion forward. Each student will receive a follow up document with the information and further resources, kit ideas and app downloads!
FitrWoman, Iceni Period Wear and the Limitless Bra are just some of the examples given to help navigate this journey together!
“I am a huge advocate for sporting endeavours working alongside my career as a Physician Associate” Saracens Mavericks and The Mintridge Foundation's Georgia Lees Leads The Way With Gresham's Netballers
Saracens Mavericks and The Mintridge Foundation's Georgia Lees made her way to the Norfolk Coast to kickstart the netball season off with Gresham’s School, and she started it in style.
“I want to be the mentor to the younger players like Pamela Cookey was to me when I started in the Netball Super League.”
Georgia, delivers this desire magnificently and far beyond the players in her own team, which is ultimately what took her to Gresham’s on 15th January as she continues to use her platform as an elite athlete for the maximum social impact possible through her Ambassadorial role with the Mintridge Foundation.
A busy day lay ahead but that is how Georgia likes it (she’s a Queen of the Spreadsheet after all…).
The day began with the 1st, 2nd and U15A teams taking to the court with Georgia and her midcourt expertise. Georgia’s philosophy of “We all attack and we all defend” filtered through the coaching session which got each player thinking both on and off the ball.
Georgia’s energy maintained a high work rate throughout the session which meant that the delicious lunch awaiting Georgia and the 1st team was well received. The informal and relaxed atmosphere over lunch allowed the players to get to know Georgia and find out more about what it took to reach the heights of a Vitality Super League Netballer as well as a career as a Physician Associate. There was the odd digression to Grey’s Anatomy too, but it was all for educational purposes, we assure you…
It was soon time for Georgia to present to each of the Senior School Netball squads. She continued to promote her advocacy for the ability of sporting endeavours to work alongside a separate career and how they complement each other well to ensure a balanced lifestyle. There is more to Georgia than Georgia the netballer which ultimately makes her the most happy and healthy person that can be to her family, friends, teammates, and colleagues. Through communication, resilience and above all, having fun, Georgia assured her audience that you can truly be the best version of yourself!
It was soon time to wrap up warm heading outside, so that Georgia could ensure she saw all players in action across the school throughout the day. It was Georgia’s favourite time…match time! The Prep School U12 and U13 players were up against the U14 and U15 B&C squads showcasing the array of talent across all age groups for Georgia to enjoy. Georgia was able to impart her Super League knowledge at the breaks while also bringing her A game for cheerleading which gave the younger players particularly, a huge lift! One lucky player was awarded one of Minty’s medals as Georgia could see great potential in her! Keep it up everyone!
The final coaching session took place back in the sports hall (yippee for warmth on a cold January afternoon) with the 3rd, 4th and U14A squads. Georgia ensured that her messages were the same as her morning session in terms of ensuring versatility no matter what bib is being worn. Everyone worked extremely hard which made Georgia’s next job quite difficult…
…And that was to select two mentees to work with over the next 6 months on a remote basis to develop, empower and nurture the students both on and off the court.
Huge Congratulations to 1st team’s Vice Captain, Kate and U15’s Mojo for this prestigious award, building on the success of Old Greshamians that have taken part in the mentoring programme since 2017. One of which, Esme Papworth (mentored by Mintridge Foundation and Ex England Captain Pamela Cookey), we are delighted to see her name proudly featuring in the Saracens Mavericks U21 Squad. Who knows, she might be playing alongside Georgia soon…
Anything is possible and with a favourite quote of “You Cannot Be What You Cannot See” firmly etched in the Mintridge Philosophy, the Mintridge Ambassadors stood in front of the Gresham’s students showing what they are capable of really does bridge the gap between elite sport and youth.
Kate and Mojo stood out to Georgia because of their hunger to learn, always asking questions, potential on court and the ability to grab the mentoring opportunity firmly and make it their own through and beyond netball. BRING. IT. ON! You can follow the course of this via the Mintridge social channels over the next six months.
Team Mintridge cannot wait to follow the progress of Gresham’s across the rest of the season and beyond. Go well!
Thank you very much to the Gresham’s staff for welcoming the Foundation back, we have loved our netball and hockey programmes as we look to build upon the positive impact that sporting role models have.
If you are interested in Georgia Lees visiting your school or club, please contact Katie Smith to find out more.
Local Businesses Celebrate the Magic of the Olympics & Paralympics by Supporting Local Charity Through Sales
Without travelling to the beautiful country of Japan ourselves, we wanted to look at new ways to celebrate the joy that individual and team successes bring (as well as waking up at unearthly hours to watch Team Mintridge Ambassadors take to their stage, obviously…) and that’s when the King’s Head at Wadenhoe and Holly Lodge Café stepped in.
Before we delve into the magnificent support that they gave us which together raised over £600, we want to share a little more about our Team Mintridge Tokyo Superheroes…
Shona McCallin MBE kickstarted the Mintridge medal tally with a bronze medal in the Women’s Olympic Hockey to add to her Rio Gold before Dan Powell, Emma Wiggs MBE and Laura Sugar had even hit the Paralympic Village! Here, Dan finished 7th in the visually impaired judo tournament while Emma and Laura made their way to the Sea Forest Waterway to bring home 2 Gold Medals and a Silver between them. Not bad at all Team Mintridge!
To learn more about the Paralympic classifications, head to our recent blog post, just here.
Ok, ok, we digressed a little, but it was for good reason, right? These athletes will now be taking their stories of resilience and triumph into schools across the UK to help and support the physical and mental wellbeing of young people thanks to the generosity of both Holly Lodge and the King’s Head. Here’s how these valuable funds were raised…
From 23rd July through to 9th August, The King’s Head at Wadenhoe added some Specials to their regular menu aptly named “Olympic Champion Meals”. For every Olympic Panini, Olympic Burger, Olympic Cake, Olympic Gin & Tonic and Olympic Pizza sold, 50p was donated to the Mintridge Foundation. Not only, this but our trustee, Tara Belcher was the winner of the free flowing G&T Afternoon Tea raffle which she will enjoy overlooking the River Nene in the East Northamptonshire countryside.
Thank you very much to Andrea and the King’s Head team, we can’t wait to work with you in the future for more fundraising fun. It was such a delight to see our 2018 Anna Horrell Award winner working at Wadenhoe and highlighting to customers exactly where the funding goes! Thank you Bayleigh, you are a superstar!
While the country recovered from the excitement of 65 medals from Team GB during the Olympic fortnight, this gave the Mintridge and Holly Lodge teams time to hatch their special plans to follow on from the success in Wadenhoe for the Paralympics; Lucy, Emily and the team did not disappoint! Dog Friendly, Holly Lodge Café offered Paralympic Champion cakes & hot drinks from 26th August through to 5th September which meant two things:
1) The Mintridge Foundation received 30p from every sale which was fantastic in itself.
2) The Mintridge Foundation team spent every moment that they could at the café as they now had an excuse to delve into the highly sought-after white chocolate and raspberry cakes!
Local cyclists that now organise their Strava routes around a compulsory stop off at Holly Lodge were also overjoyed to see a massage gun on offer in the Café raffle thanks to our partners at Recovapro. Well done to Larry Barns on your success, and if you weren’t the lucky winner this time, head over to the Recovapro website and if you enter the code “Mintridge”, you will receive a discount too!
Wow, what a way to end our summer months, thank you to everyone involved. If your small business would like to support our small but mighty charity, we have an idea for you but we don’t want to scare you off by mentioning the Christmas word… Ok, here goes anyway, would you like to join Mintridge with their #SmallBusinessStar Advent Calendar following the success of 2020? Profit and purpose, what’s not to love?
We would like to work alongside 24 small businesses to select a single day between 1st and 24th December.
On your chosen day:
The Mintridge Foundation will shout from the roof tops about the amazing work that you do (to our supporters, Ambassadors and through all of our online channels). This will be hidden initially behind Minty’s closed doors.
Set your goal; how do you as a business want to #GiveBack?
For example, you could pledge a proportion of your sales from your product or service on your chosen day. This is exactly what our Nutrition Partners at Nibble Protein will be doing on 2nd December with anyone that uses the code “Minty15” at checkout. They have also generously donated a yummy but nutritious box of healthy brownies for one of Minty’s lucky supporters to enjoy.
Click here to find out more about Minty’s #SmallBusinessStar Advent Calendar!