Tonbridge Grammar School #onechallenge – changing the world one challenge at a time

The young sports stars of the future from Tonbridge Grammar School were involved in a unique training session with GB Olympic athlete Asha Philip back in July 2017 filming for the #onechallenge – changing the world one challenge at a time campaign. This was finally launched this week by the Women's Sport Trust, working with Virgin Money Giving. The girls were also offered the opportunity to meet TV presenter and fitness campaigner Davina McCall at the session at Tonbridge School athletics track.

TGS Students with Davina McCall and Olympian Asha Philip

TGS Students with Davina McCall and Olympian Asha Philip

The session was filmed by a TV company, with interviewer Sue Mott of the Women's Sport Trust, focusing on encouraging all children into sport.

The Tonbridge girls appear as part of a series of 12 films launched this week on Youtube and the Virgin Money giving channel.

Davina McCall and Olympic 4x100 relay bronze medalist, Asha Philip, shares notes on the power of motivation including how Davina kicked drugs, drink and cigarettes to discover the addictive benefits of physical workouts instead. How Asha overcame a devastating two year injury break that threatened her career. And why Davina sometimes mistakes herself for Rocky - complete with theme tune. As well as celebrating the success of some great role models, the films aim to encourage others to take on their own challenges.

As a girls’ school, the Tonbridge Grammar ethos and vision for sport for our students matches the Women’s Sport Trust aim to raise the visibility and increase the impact of women’s sport.

We like to nurture our students, building their resilience and confidence so that they have the emotional literacy to make healthy life choices, flourish and be happy.
— PE Subject Leader Julia Duncan
Asha Philip with our students

Asha Philip with our students


TGS Students with Olympian Goldie Sayers at the Campaign launch event this week

TGS Students with Olympian Goldie Sayers at the Campaign launch event this week

Meeting famous athletes is not an everyday occurrence. The filming at Tonbridge School enabled many of the school’s athletes to not only meet, but also talk to Asha Phillip, GB athlete and Davina McCall. The launch of the films in London this week, allowed us to hear stories of Paralympians and Olympians as well as other well know athletes, allowing us to realise all athletes go thorough ups and downs and perseverance and determination does pay off.
— Natasha (Year 12 student)

It is an exciting time for TGS in terms of the further development of PE and sport in general. New much needed facilities are being developed during this academic year, as part of our Big Outdoors Project including an all-weather AstroTurf pitch, cricket nets, new world-class synthetic sprint track, long jump pit and further improvements to all grass areas of the field to increase the quality of the surface and make year round play more sustainable.

To view the whole #OneChallenge Film Series, please click here