Sporting day out
Press release issued: 8 December 2004
Up to 50 young people from Teyfant Community School, Hartcliffe, will join Bristol University students and staff for an all-action programme of sporting fun.
Up to 50 young people from Teyfant Community School, Hartcliffe, will join Bristol University students and staff for an all-action programme of sporting fun at the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health tomorrow [Thursday, December 9].
The day offers pupils the chance to try trampoline, badminton, basketball, multi-skill games, football and tennis with guidance from students and staff. The event is a training module for University students and staff, who are studying to become Community Sports Leaders. Next term they will be volunteering in the local community as sports coaches.
The Community Sports Volunteer Scheme aims to train students and staff as Community Sports Leaders and place them as assistants with existing local children’s sport and activity projects.
This term all volunteers have received free training in the nationally recognised Community Sports Leader Award and a Level 1 coaching award in their chosen sport. This is in addition to the first aid and child protection training.
Jim Holmyard, Sports Development Manager at the University, said: “The project helps students and staff who have an interest in sport become involved in the community while they are studying or working at Bristol, as well as obtaining a recognised award.
“We are looking forward to Teyfant’s visit. Some of the pupils may discover a talent that will lead to a career in sport; others may be inspired to pursue higher education; and all of them should have a really enjoyable time.”
The Student Community Sports Volunteer Scheme was initiated through the University’s Community Outreach programme, which aims to be a responsible member of the community by supporting the social and economic infrastructure of the area.
There are 29 people training to become Community Sports Leaders. Three are members of staff; 12 are studying for a Masters degree in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences; and 14 are students who have been recruited through the University’s Student’s Community Action (SCA).