Sporting Wellness Announces New Stakeholder: The Laurus Trust

Sporting Wellness is delighted to onboard the Laurus Trust as an official stakeholder, seeing us now provide support to all Elite Pathway members.

The Laurus Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust operating academic schools across Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire East. It has a reputation for outstanding teaching and learning through the relentless pursuit of excellence and a determination to ensure that every child succeeds.

In the 2019 Progress 8 headline measure, Cheadle Hulme High School, the Trust’s founding school, came in the top 2% of schools nationally and also ranked as the top comprehensive non-denominational, non-selective state secondary in the North West in the most recent Sunday Times Parent Power list. It was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in every category in 2011 and 2015.

The Trust is continuously growing. After opening its newest school in September 2022, Woodford Primary, the Laurus Trust’s family of schoolnow includes three primary schools, five high schools, and two sixth forms. The Trust will be opening 2 new academic sixth forms in September 2023 – Didsbury Sixth Form and Laurus Ryecroft Sixth Form. The newly redeveloped Hazel Grove Sixth Form will also be opening at this time.

Sporting Excellence

The Laurus Trust are passionate about helping their students to excel in sporting endeavours by providing opportunities that are not normally found in state education and are aiming to open doors to sports that students may have never been able to access before or activities which they have never considered trying.

The ELITE Pathway

The ELITE Pathway within the Laurus Trust provides the guidance for aspirational sportspeople to achieve their academic potential and sporting dreams.

Students will develop a holistic understanding of the contributing factors of elite sport, which include balancing the demands of sporting excellence and academic success. The ELITE Pathway will work with key partners who will support the creation of the invaluable experience of living, training and learning like a professional student-sportspeople.

Schools in the Laurus Trust already have a strong reputation for being unashamedly academic, and having uncompromising standards. Through their partnership with Loughborough University and other key partners including Sporting Wellness – they now intend to replicate our academic success in sporting stadia.

Ed Haslam – Elite Pathway Executive Lead:

“From the minute we launched the ELITE Pathway in 2021, it was essential that we took the mental-health of our student-sportspeople very seriously; The pressures our student-sportspeople are put under are vast, they have pressures to perform on their stage and in the classroom. We have to be on hand to deal with their achievements and their setbacks, both have different complicities. Most of our young people are experiencing these emotions for the first time.

As soon as I read about Sporting Wellness and saw the impact they are making, I knew they would be the organisation I wanted to partner with. For so long, mental has had a stigma attached and no one wanted to breach the seriousness of this issue – as a Pathway we have been vocal about the importance of this. I hope our student-sportspeople and their parents have comfort in knowing Sporting Wellness are on hand if they are needed. I feel very lucky that Callum, and his team have put confidence in our unique offer”.

Callum Lea. Founder & CEO, Sporting Wellness:

We are delighted to welcome The Laurus Trust as an official stakeholder of Sporting Wellness. All of their Elite Pathway sportspeople aged 16 and over will now have full access to our professional, private mental healthcare system. It’s been so clear to see the Elite Pathway at the Laurus Trust is committed to ensuring holistic support for its sportspeople, viewing their mental health just as seriously as their physical health and we’re really looking forward to developing our relationship with them and watching how the institution and their sportspeople develop”. 


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