As an athlete I thought it was important to visit schools, to talk to young people about the opportunities that Sport can bring. When I joined the House of Lords and found out that there was an outreach programme I signed up as soon as I could. I believe that it is important to give young people options and ideas on what they can do when they leave school and visiting a school is an important part of that.
I am used to speaking in front of large crowds, but mostly about my competitive career; is was a good test of my knowledge and relatively new material. I practised my powerpoint presentation several times for my husband , but that is nothing compared to sitting in front of quite a tough, but interested crowd of A level students. I started by asking them what their impression of the House of Lords was. They were quite quiet, but I used their views to challenge their ideas and involve them in a debate about it. They were great.
I have found the House of Lords a fascinating and dynamic place. It changes every day, depending on who is in and the topic of the debate. I hope that we all learned something from the experience
I am hoping to visit more Schools, and hone my presentation skills…. and if you are a school and would like a Peer to visit then all you have to do is sign up through the Lord Speakers Office.