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NIA student achieves goals with Saints Foundation support

Marshall Summers-Miller has become the latest youngster to benefit from the work of Northampton Saints Foundation.

After being contacted by Marshall’s school, Northampton International Academy (NIA), the Foundation sought to offer support to the 12-year-old, who had been struggling with mainstream education.

Saints player Harry Mallinder and the Club’s social inclusion manager, Jordan Letts, held three one-on-one sessions with Marshall at NIA.

“We are extremely proud of the progress Marshall has made so far.”

Jordan Letts

He was given some short-term targets, which included remaining in four to five lessons during the day, increasing input into those lessons and improving his uniform around school.

Marshall was told that should he achieve the goals set for him, he would receive rewards such as being given a Franklin’s Gardens stadium tour and meeting members of the Saints squad.

He reacted extremely well and as part of the recognition of his efforts, the Foundation paid for him to attend a five-day Stowe residential camp between August 12 and August 16.

Once again, Marshall displayed an impressive attitude as he excelled at the rugby-based camp, adapting well to being away from home while taking part in activities such as swimming and gym sessions.

He has now been set further goals for the future as he looks to build on his resilience and improve his communication of when he is feeling anxious or sad.

Should Marshall continue to meet all of his targets during the coming months, he will be welcomed back to Franklin’s Gardens by Mallinder, who has invited the youngster to attend his first game back from injury.

“Marshall has worked really hard and we are extremely proud of the progress he has made so far,” said Letts.

“The way he has applied himself to the various tasks put in front of him has been very pleasing and his attitude has been exemplary.

“He has earned the rewards for his efforts and we are looking forward to seeing him achieve his next set of goals.

“We have every faith that he will go from strength to strength and it will be good to see him back at the Gardens soon.”