Jack takes time out to visit St Augustine of Canterbury school
Published on: 28 May 2016
GB Paralympic footballer Jack Rutter took time out of his training schedule to visit pupils at St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in Downend.
Jack, 25, was an aspiring Premier League footballer until an unprovoked assault in 2009 left him in intensive care and destroyed his career dreams. The brain damage that the incident left him with severely affected his balance and hearing, but Jack was determined to rebuild his life and is now the captain of the England Cerebral Palsy Football Team.
Jack led the children in a sponsored fitness circuit before giving an inspirational talk and answering their questions.
Julian Clements, headteacher of St Augustine’s said: “The aim of the event was to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and pursue their passion in life. Jack says his motto is: It’s not how many times you fall down, what matters most is how many times you rise’, and I think that’s a lesson we can all remember sometimes.”
St Augustine’s Summer Event on July 2 is going to be themed around the Olympics in Rio. The “Olympic Carnival” will have lots of sporting activities on the day for the whole community to take part in.