Between April and July 2017, Olympic Silver Medallist (Modern Pentathlon, Beijing 2008) and Mintridge ambassador, Heather Fell joined Ampleforth College’s Upper Sixth student and aspiring Junior GB Modern Pentathlete, Clemmie for a Mintridge Silver programme.

The Silver programme conducted via Skype and the safe Playwaze community was held over three months to help Clemmie on her sporting journey. Heather was very keen to lead a self-directed learning approach throughout the programme in order to encourage Clemmie to find the solutions herself which will in turn aid her future endeavours in the sport.

This approach helped Clemmie hugely who was extremely proactive throughout the entire process; a detailed structure would be sent through to her mentor the day before a skype session over the news feed on Playwaze to ensure that the time spent was maximised. Confidence grew across the three month period whether it was discussing swimming technique, the mental side of the sport or even training diary hints and tips. With the use of Playwaze, the mentoring was able to be as visual as possible with the chance to share videos from competitions and so on in a safe environment. Furthermore, through the use of the Progress Pathways, objectives and goals were able to be measured accordingly across Clemmie’s five disciplines.

We would like to wish Clemmie lots of luck on her pentathlon career as she leaves school, we will be watching you progress and hopefully the influence of the mentoring programme has helped.

Clemmie said at the end of the programme to the Ampleforth and Mintridge staff: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you both so much for this amazing experience, Heather has helped me so much.”