Fairfield High School was delighted to welcome former Olympian and international triple jumper Vernon Samuels to inspire and share his wisdom with Year 9 mental health ambassadors, with a view to empowering them to lead physical activities with their peers. The overall objective being to address the imperative issues of well-being and mental health by increasing students’ self esteem and confidence.

In conjunction with Youth Sports Trust and Excalibur Academies Trust (for which FHS belongs), this project addresses these all too important – and all too misunderstood – issues, by offering tactics for students to help themselves and others.

Vernon is no stranger to using his wealth of experience to apply “his skills and abilities to a diverse range of enterprising change programmes and projects. For well over 25 years Vernon has worked with national, regional and local organisations from government, voluntary and private sectors developing a range of strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships.” (source

Jordan Goodchild, Director of PE at FHS comments: “We are privileged and honoured to welcome such an influential and inspirational figure to Fairfield. You can almost liken Vernon’s visit to the teaching a man to fish philosophy: by sharing his expertise, skills and wisdom with our mental health ambassadors to then lead activities with others will have a deep routed lasting impact.”

Vernon Samuels with Year 9 students