Abbots Lea School and Bank View High School
Wheels Extreme Mentoring programme
The focus of the project will to be develop the key employability skills that the students require in order to progress with their lives and gain employment after they leave schools. The main skills that we aim to develop are;
The project will be bring together students from Bank View High School and Abbot’s Lea School. It will be led by Neil Danns and Jenna Downing, both athlete mentors who run Wheels Extreme and have previously been Skysports Living for Sports mentors.
The project will take place on both sites and the final session will take place in RampWorx as a celebration event and the students will have the centre to themselves.
About Wheels Extreme
Wheels Extreme CIC is a Sports and Personal Development company created by World Class athlete Neil Danns and Jenna Downing, Set up in July of 2015, the aim of Wheels Extreme is to improve the lives of young people using alternative sports provision.
We believe that extreme sports are fantastic for releasing the frustrations and stresses of daily life, and at a time when exam pressures are higher than ever, mental health issues are on the rise, and youth employment figures are rising we know that through the power of extreme sports and our personal development programmes, we can make a difference to young lives.
A bit about Our Mentors
Neil became a completely self-taught skateboarder. His talent earned him sponsorship from a local shop and an introduction to the English Skateboarding Association. He was invited to take part in his first major competition aged 17 and won his first British Championship aged 22. Neil was soon repeatedly winning European and British titles, whilst travelling the world representing the UK.
Neil’s career wasn’t without setbacks. The complexity and physical challenges of skateboarding saw him suffer severe injuries. Yet he continually returned from injury, pushing himself through rehabilitation to continue competing.
Now, Neil shares his experiences, including the highs and lows he has gone through in life, to inspire and influence the lives of other as well as providing coaching sessions to youngsters.
Jenna is a former World Champion Inline Skater and ten times British Champion. A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since she was seven years old and became the youngest ever female to turn pro aged 12. Since then she has represented her country across the globe in major international events, scooping the NASS title three times over, winning an X-Games silver medal and becoming LG Action Sports World Champion. To date, she is the only European female to perform the 900- degree spin.
Growing up in a deprived area with a single parent mum, Jenna has had to work incredibly hard to get to where she is today whilst facing a multitude of obstacles. Having recently returned from her competitive career due to two serious knee injuries, Jenna’s focus is now on ‘giving back’ to young people and inspiring other to achieve their potential in life.