Alex Paske is a coach from the UK who founded Mintridge Events in 2014 aged only 24. She is passionate about giving all young people equal sporting opportunities and has a wealth of knowledge across the school sector in England.
Mintridge Events was established with the objective to increase sports participation, enhance life skills and create a greater wealth of knowledge of health and wellbeing?amongst young people. Alongside the delivery of a very important support network for students ensuring a balanced lifestyle and enjoyment through the continued hard work of our loyal Ambassadors and their unique mentoring schemes.
Alex recently won the “Women of the Future” Award, aimed at successful young British Women. The award aims to unlock kindness and collaboration amoung leaders and recognises and celebrates the achievements of the UK’s pipeline of female talent.
The FCN caught up with Alex to find out how the awards impacted her organisation and how important it is for female role models in sport to visit local schools and inspire the next generation…
Can you tell us how the idea of Mintridge Events came about and how they have evolved to what they are today?
How important do you think it is to have strong female role models in particular going into schools and talking to young people?
You mentioned about the Skype calls with athletes, how does this work?
Some of our packages include fortnightly one-to-one Skype calls with the ambassadors for 6 months to continue the legacy of the athlete appearance. In this, the ambassador gives more of their time, more personal advice, and its a real wow factor for the students because they have an athlete giving up their time during their own seasons and competitions etc. This other helps towards the students own confidence and self-esteem.
Can you share with us how you went from the initial idea of Mintridge to creating what it is today? That must have taken a lot of confidence and belief to have down that…
Congratulations on winning the ‘Woman Of The Future’ award – how did you feel when you first found out about winning it?
At the actual award ceremony there was 5 in our category and the other 4 were all professional athletes, so it felt just amazing to be in their company. The awards are based on kindness and collaboration so I just felt overwhelmed just to be a part of it. Saying that I am very competitive so I knew I wanted to win! ?They had warned me that if you win I would need to say a few words, so I had something prepared in my head as to what I wanted to say if I did win. But when my name was announced as the winner along with Sarah Leiter (a Goalball player), everything I wanted to say didn’t come out! What I wanted to say was that this was the England Cap I never achieved, so it has made it all worth it.
What does the Award mean for the future of Mintridge Events?
We have a lot more media attention and it has given us more backing going into meetings, particularly as I am now transitioning into a charity and need to look for sponsorship. There are a lot more athletes coming forward wanting to get involved now as well and have now even become an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society which os given to people who are helping to promote the Commonwealth values.
What are some of your biggest success stories to date?
What advice would you give to girls who have perhaps failed at their goal of competing at certain levels, and the importance of sticking with sport?
What advice would you give to other women who have an idea for a business / organisation / project as you did?
Where to start! If you are passionate about something and truly believe in it, it will work. I have had so many set backs in the last 3 years, there have been so many reasons why I could have ended it all, but if you deal with challenges using your support network around you, you can get through it. Surround yourself with the people that believe in you and are willing to help.