A message from Andy Barrow


I’m delighted to be a Patron of Lambeth Children’s University™  as, through Learning Destinations, they are giving children in Lambeth the chance to discover that learning is fun. I will hopefully get to meet some of you at future Graduation Ceremonies and I look forward to talking to you and your families about your achievements.

I understand the importance of helping children to see that learning can take place both in and out of the classroom. It’s for this reason I’m delighted to become the Patron of Lambeth Children’s University as, through their Learning Destinations project, they are giving children in Lambeth the chance to visit a range of local attractions and discover that learning is fun.

Schemes like Lambeth CU not only help boost attainment, but help with attendance, attitudes to learning and, perhaps most importantly, give the children self-confidence. These days confidence in your own abilities is so important, for everyone.

From what I’ve heard about Lambeth CU, it is clear that children, of all ability levels, can gain much from participating. It’s nice to see that, in these more difficult economic times, the scheme is working with not only the tourist attractions but after-school-clubs too. Making it something everyone can take part in.

I know not all schools have affiliated yet. I recommend that anyone who values the importance of their child’s learning speaks with their school and gets them to contact Angela. Affiliation isn’t difficult, and the impact has been proven to be significant. I’m pleased to have been asked to become Patron of Lambeth CU and I hope, if possible, to meet with the gold award winners and their families at the annual award events.

AndyBarrow, patron, paralympian

Andy Barrow
Biography and Speaking/Media Experience

Andy Barrow began playing Wheelchair Rugby in 1998 after suffering a spinal cord injury during a Rugby game the previous year, which left him paralysed from the chest down with limited use of his hands.

After becoming a member of London Wheelchair Rugby Club (LWRC), he was selected to train with the GB squad in 1999 and narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. Vowing never to miss a major tournament again, Andy dedicated himself to Rugby and the life of a full-time athlete. In 2002, he made his International debut at the World Championships in Gothenburg and hasn’t looked back since.

His career has encompassed an unbroken run of eleven Majors (an unprecedented feat within the sport) including five European Championships, including three back-to-back gold’s and a silver, three World Championships and three Paralympic Games. He also captained Great Britain from 2005-2010, a term which saw the proudest moment of his career, leading the team out at the Beijing Paralympics.

Andy has had a distinguished domestic career, winning numerous National titles with his club, London as well as an unprecedented five Europa Cups (European Club Championships). He has also spent time in America, representing San Diego in the U.S. league.

During his time as an athlete, Andy has undertaken all kinds of media commitments. These include live and pre-recorded TV and radio interviews, shooting documentaries and video diaries with BBC and Channel 4 among others and blogging for the IPC website in the build up to the 2012 Paralympic Games. He is at ease both in front of and behind a camera and has a good working knowledge of all broadcast medium.

Now retired from International competition, Andy is an inspirational speaker and mentor. He is the lead athlete in the “Athlete Inspiration Programme” (AIP), a series of presentations running throughout Greenwich schools, that has just begun it’s third year. Andy also runs a successful project with long time sponsors Chaucer, where he creates volunteering opportunities for employees, who help him to run team-building days for young people with challenges.

As a winner and achiever, Andy is an excellent speaker and motivator. He is equally at home in front of audiences of school children as he is with business leaders. His key topics include Leadership, Teamwork, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Equality/Diversity and Change.

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