The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme is the flagship programme of the Jack Petchey Foundation and it currently operates across 2000 different schools, groups and organisations within London and Essex. The scheme contributes millions of pounds each year and to date has donated over £100million to support youth programmes.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey CBE wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society. Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievements. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The success of the Award Scheme arises from empowering young people to nominate their peers and select the Achievement Award winner. The award winner also chooses how their award money is to be spent.


Aspire nominated Rohan for the Jack Petchey Foundation award. In co-ordination with the Young Harrow Foundation a panel of young people assessed the nominees and selected the winners.

Rohan came to Aspire in 2017 aged 9 with severe asthma. He didn’t like getting his hair wet and wasn’t a fan of swimming but was always willing to try. Rohan’s parents didn’t think he would ever be able to swim but with sheer determination his confidence grew hugely and now he has overcome his fear. Hannah his swimming teacher said, “He is a pleasure to teach and it’s been amazing seeing his improvement in the last 2 years. We took baby steps at first and just getting his eyes in the water was a massive hurdle, now look at him, its fantastic and I am so proud of him.”

Rohan has a fantastic relationship with Hannah and the staff at Aspire and it has been really rewarding to see him grow and achieve his goals. Hannah learnt Rohan likes Avengers so she plays games where he pretends to be Aquaman and he is able to go under water and kick faster, learning without even realising. Also finding out what his favourite colour is and also using purple floats and sinkers.

With the money received from the award, Rohan has bought the Swimschool some specialist equipment to use with one 2 ones to help with the body positioning and balance.

Well done Rohan!

Rohan with his teacher Hannah.