In order to improve, Ed Nightingale seeks the advice of some real-world sporting talents.
It is therefore equally impressive that our Head of Sixth Form was able to contact and persuade some of the country’s most high-profile sports stars to feature in the story.
“I happened to see long-time friend James Calder on TV in his role as lead clinician at the London Nightingale Hospital. He is a one of the world’s leading ankle surgeons and has operated on some of the finest sporting ankles in the world.
So I got in touch one evening to catch up, and everything fell into place: a story about a nightingale that somehow saves the world.
He made contacting footballers, cricketers and rugby players and their friends relatively simple, and their willingness to support the project has been brilliant; they needed very little persuasion.”
Sports stars featured include England footballers Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Watford) and Jack Wilshere (West Ham), England cricketers Joe Root (captain of England and Yorkshire), Mark Wood (Durham) and Danni Wyatt (Sussex, Southern Vipers and member of 2017 England Women’s Cricket World Cup winning squad), and England rugby stars George Kruis (Saracens), Anthony Watson (Bath) and Tom Curry (Sale Sharks).
Phil came up with the idea for the enchanting illustrated e-book after the cancellation of pupils’ A Levels this summer due to coronavirus.