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World Academy of Sport – Olympian Visit to Felsted School

Jamie Fearn, Olympian, speaking with Felsted School Sporting Scholars.
Photo courtesy of Felsted School


GB Olympian Jamie Fearn recently visited Felsted School in Essex meeting with 40 of the Schools’ sporting scholars.  Jamie represented Team GB at the Winter Olympic Games in 1992, Albertville and 1994, Lillehammer in Short Track Speed Skating and successfully competed for many years in major competitions around the world.

Attending his first Olympic Games at the age of 16 and still at school, Jamie was able to relate his own experiences to that of the sporting scholars who face similar challenges that Jamie faced in balancing sport and education commitments. The students were encouraged to ask Jamie about his Olympic experience and competing at the elite level of his chosen sport.

Following the Q&A session with the students, Jamie spent some time discussing the Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) initiative with staff including Barny Bury, Head of Sport. This World Academy of Sport (WAoS) initiative, in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate (IB) is aimed at working with schools who promote flexible learning pathways and provide excellent support services to their respective student-athletes.


Jamie works with the World Academy of Sport team as an Assessor for schools undergoing accreditation and brings to the process a personal insight of an elite athlete whom had to balance an athlete career and the demands of an education.


Jamie was recently asked by the World Academy of Sport team about his own experiences at school and how he believes his challenges whilst at school may have been influenced had his school had the opportunity to be an AFEC school.


“It would have reduced the stress, tiredness and even isolation/loneliness of trying to squeeze homework catch ups into my schedule. Having to stay up and working late after long training days sometimes meant falling asleep with my books open at my desk, which was less than conducive to achieving academic success and delivering my academic best.”


Jamie enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the students at Felsted School and since the visit has further followed up with students specifically interested in the psychology of elite sports men and women in order to assist their project work with world leading, firsthand insights.


Felsted School, is considering becoming part of this global network of like-minded schools. Being an IB World School, Felsted School will have the opportunity to offer and deliver the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) over an extended period to its student-athletes.


Is your school athlete-friendly? If you are interested to know more about Athlete Friendly Education Centres and the IBDP extended study option for student-athletes, please contact Anne Louise Williams, awilliams@worldacademysport.com




Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia. Further information can be found on their website www.felsted.org.