Born in Canning Town, London, now living in Newcastle Peter Bakare switched his focus from basketball to volleyball in 2010 in which he proceeded to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Peter studied animation at Sheffield Hallam University and went on to write a script for Channel 4.
Peter is also the founder and designer of Nutri Troops, a programme for schools to help encourage children to have fun and eat more healthily.
Do you have any favorite experiences of outdoor play from when you were younger?
At school camp we would do adventure trails, I loved taking part in the obstacle courses.
How did the sports at your school help you to get where you are today?
School taught me perseverance. When ever you play sports you generally miss more shots than you make, but this makes the game exciting.
Why do you think promoting sports in schools is important?
Academic based subjects are important and always seem to get the limelight. It also feels to me that when cuts are made sports are the first to go which is a shame. Playing sports increases brain function meaning better results for the school as a whole. Getting involved and playing Sport or getting active also help with skills like teamwork.
What advice would you give your younger self at school?
I would say to myself, to constantly step out of your comfort zone. You will learn so much by doing this.
As part of our ongoing partnership with Sports for Schools, Playforce can exclusively arrange for athletes such as Peter to visit your school projects to officially open new play and sport areas and hold workshops with the pupils. In addition, as part of our customer rewards scheme, Playforce customers also get priority booking on any event they book with Sports for Schools.