Helping children to reach their potential

14 May 2013 15:47:54.220
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Olympic rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave is showing his support for Nottingham Potential by visiting the IntoUniversity Nottingham East learning centre in St Ann’s this week.

The five-time gold medallist will be visiting The University of Nottingham’s IntoUniversity Nottingham East Centre before being the guest of honour at a black tie dinner, hosted by consultancy firm Gleeds, for whom Sir Steve is an ambassador.

The dinner, which is being held at the University’s Studio 7 at King’s Meadow Campus, has been arranged by Gleeds to raise money for the Nottingham Potential scheme, which helps disadvantaged young people reach their academic potential through a variety of programmes, including attending learning centres such as the one in St Ann’s.
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 Breaking down barriers

Nottingham Potential represents a major investment in the future of primary and secondary-age school pupils and a multimillion pound commitment to help break down the barriers to higher education.

The programme builds on the University’s successful Widening Participation work over the past decade within less privileged communities and aims to provide earlier, broader interventions for young people to raise attainment and encourage progression to university. The programme has been made possible by a significant £2.1m donation from the David Ross Foundation.

Kate Robertson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at The University of Nottingham said: “It is fantastic that Sir Steve Redgrave and Gleeds are supporting the vital work we do through Nottingham Potential. By working in partnership with organisations such as Gleeds, we are able to support young people in the local communities and give them the opportunity to reach their academic potential. Without their support, these types of centres would not be possible and we are also delighted that they have lent us the support of Sir Steve, who will undoubtedly inspire the children and show them how to get results from hard work and commitment.”

Philanthropic support

Sir Steve already has links with Nottingham, having previously been given an honorary degree by the University

Stuart Senior, Main Board Director for Gleeds Nottingham added; “Both Gleeds and our ambassador, Sir Steve Redgrave, are delighted to be able to offer support for this impressive and worthwhile initiative. Nottingham Potential encourages young people across the city to realise their true potential, regardless of their background and therefore plays a vital role in nurturing the talent of tomorrow. We are proud to be hosting this event alongside the University and to play a part in ensuring that this fantastic campaign can continue to develop.”

The black-tie dinner will be taking place from 7pm at the University’s King’s Meadow Campus. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate the success of Nottingham Potential to date with the University’s partners and stakeholders. There will also be a charity auction to raise further funds for the project.

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