Getting to know The Hub Sponsors – Part 1 An interview with Duncan Foster
The Hub Sponsors – Supporting Accessibility for All
We thought it was about time that all our athletes, coaches, parents and followers found out a little bit more about the men behind the companies who support us, The Hub.
Without their support, offering accessibility at the level we do, across all the components of sport development, body and mind, would simply not be possible for our local athletes.
So, who are the three men that believe The Hub can make a significant difference to all athletes, in particular, those who are growing and developing as young people?
Duncan Foster, Director of Aquagrain
What are your first memories of sport as a child?
Representing my primary school for high jump, we only had a sand pit, and when I turned up at Northgate to find a crash mat, I suddenly had no fear and employed the “Frosby Flop” within 60 seconds!
Were you a competing athlete yourself?
I was very competitive when I enjoyed the sport. Tennis and squash were what I enjoyed, I played squash 5 times a week for many years after discovering it at 16 years old. I love football but was never good enough to be competitive.
Do you think sport helps to keep young athlete’s focused on the positive areas of life?
Absolutely! My 15 year old daughter has always been told that if she gives up a sport, she has to have a replacement. She is now totally self motivated and loves her gymnastics and circus training, netball and hockey.
Do you think sport can help young pupil/athlete’s focus and concentrate in education?
A Healthy body is a healthy mind! It’s proven that exercise improves concentration, so sport is extremely important to pupil’s growth and education.
How do you feel sport can help social interaction and developing friendships?
Team sports teach you to work together and communicate, but all sport naturally introduces you to new people, forcing interaction and understanding. If taught correctly it teaches you to respect others and socially integrate with all kinds of people from different backgrounds.
What virtues, skills and attributes do you think shape a personality and character through sport?
Respect, competitiveness, and focus.
Do you think these skills can help in the future, dealing with life challenges, careers?
All these are attributes needed in a competitive world where pupils will inevitably live and work as an adult.
Ultimately, why are you so passionate about sponsoring and supporting The Hub?
Children are our future, and ultimately, we need them to grow into respectful and hard-working adults to look after the world we live in. Sport is a key part of their development in keeping them healthy and able to continue making the world a better place through education. It’s so important to offer these opportunities to all children rather than the privileged few! The Hub is bridging the gap to allow children who would normally not be able to access the facilities offered. This is a Game Changer for under privileged kids!