One of five International Inspiration Ambassadors, Colin has just returned from a trip to Trinidad and Tobago where he saw how the programme was helping young people create a better future for themselves through physical education, sport and play.
As part of International Inspiration, five Haringey schools have been twinned with schools in Trinidad and Tobago.
At Hornsey School for Girls, Colin met Young Leaders from across Haringey who demonstrated the leadership skills they have gained through the programme. The Young Leaders talked about how International Inspiration is helping them work in partnership with schools across the borough, as well as with their counterparts in Trinidad and Tobago.
During his recent visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Jackson saw how International Inspiration has been using PE and sport to address social, health, economic and development issues – and to build ties between schools in the UK and in Trinidad and Tobago.
Talking about his visit, Colin said: 'International Inspiration is truly remarkable. I lost count of the number of young people I met who are benefiting from the programme and embracing sport.
'In Trinidad and Tobago, the programme is a fantastic way of engaging youngsters and keeping them safe by communicating important messages around HIV and drugs and giving them safe spaces to play sport. It has also really benefited the schools and communities over there in helping to tackle absenteeism and antisocial behaviour and giving young people an after school activity that keeps them off the streets.
'It was clear from all the children I met in London and in Trinidad & Tobago, how the programme has benefited them as individuals, helping them to flourish within a school environment, developing leadership and team work skills and fostering ambition.'