What is Aspire 2 Me?

What we can offer you:

Our Aspire2 Me programmes are aimed at delivering motivational and inspirational sessions through assemblies and workshops.


Sessions include interactive talks and workshops led by elite national and international athletes. Talking about their specialist fields, the Aspire 2 Me programme raises the aspirations of young people, promoting personal growth, career and life goals whilst preparing them for any life challenges that are part of everyday life. Preparing young people for the transition towards Higher Education is explored and developed in these sessions.

Due to the current restrictions presented by Covid-19 our workshops can be delivered through a blended learning experience. They will commence with one of our motivational speakers doing an assembly session with the whole year group, followed by workshop sessions delivered by the speaker and another Learn by Design educational communicator, to a class at a time, across the rest of the school day.

We offer a fully blended learning experience
in order to accommodate virtual delivery
requirements for your students.

Email: aspire2me@bydesign-group for more information

Core principles explored within the sessions:

  • Self-Discipline & Preparation

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Leadership & Fostering Morale

  • Embracing Change

  • Creative Thinking & Risk Taking

  • The Courage to Be Yourself

Impacts for Schools and young people:

  • Raising personal goals and aspirations

  • Productive learning and how to make a success of yourself in school or work

  • Building and enhancing self-esteem and self-belief

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Developing leadership and team-work skills

  • Accepting responsibilities and accountability, even in adverse situations

  • Improving communication and correspondence skills

  • How to enhance personal health and mental wellbeing




The Aspire 2 Me sessions help equip young people with
the strategies they need to cope with everyday challenges.


Help young people feel confident with their abilities and find the resilience they need in order to succeed in life.




Athlete Day


School Day

Meet the Athletes - hover over the images to read more.

Paige Griffin

Aspire 2 Me Athlete Speaker

Paige has had a lifelong passion for education and the opportunities it can provide, it has been important to her to incorporate lessons learnt through Tae Kwon-Do to help
and inspire other people.

Stephen Frew

Aspire 2 Me Athlete Speaker

Stephen is a member of Disabled Shooting Great Britain, where he shoots pistol as part of the medal potential GB squad. He shot his first international competition in 2014.

Stephen was no stranger to disability - hear his story.

Jared Patel

Aspire 2 Me Athlete Speaker

Jared is an aeronautical engineering graduate with a passion for education. Jared spent 7 years as a table tennis international between 2007 and 2014. He is passionate about helping people believe in themselves.

Oliver Jones

Aspire 2 Me Athlete Speaker

Olivia is an English rugby player.
A student contract for England Sevens earned her, first cap in the 2017-18 season. Olivia plays
in Loughborough for the Premiership team
Loughborough Lightning.


The young people will receive an engaging insight into the speaker’s own journey to success. The content will naturally differ slightly, dependant on the speaker and their own experiences, however they will all demonstrate where they have personally overcome barriers, such as injury, none-team selection, withdrawal of funding or similar. The motivational speakers will also reiterate the importance of attaining Higher Education and/or career pathways whilst pursuing careers in sport, illustrating that importance using their own life situations.  
All of our delivery team are energetic and engaging and have significant experience of this form of work. All students will also receive a physical logbook/journey passport where they can keep a record of what they experience, learn or become inspired to achieve.

The Workshop:

Within the workshop session the young people will reflect on their own personal skills, knowledge and attributes and how to utilise these to thrive in their current education setting and how these can be developed to assist with their progression to higher education. The session will include problem solving, risk taking and creative thinking looking at dealing with challenges in everyday life and developing action plans to assist in overcoming barriers.  
This intervention will help improve behaviour, social integration, and positive character traits. It will build confidence in their ability to meet their short-term academic targets by highlighting the relevance of these to their long-term future destination choices.  It will also stretch the participants, intellectually and emotionally.

The Aspire 2 me programmes have been brilliant and we have seen ex-athletes deliver inspirational speeches as well as leading motivational sessions for pupils from Y9-Y13. The students and teachers always come away inspired and we will definitely be continuing to use them this year!