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A school sports day for 850 local children, courtesy of the University of Bristol

Press release issued: 27 March 2017

A record 850 children from 11 local state primary schools are due to join more than 100 student volunteers from the University of Bristol for the Bristol Festival of School Sport on Tuesday 28 March.

A record 850 children from 11 local state primary schools are due to join more than 100 student volunteers from the University of Bristol for the Bristol Festival of School Sport on Tuesday 28 March.

The event is a full day of sporting activities, and provides a brilliant platform to introduce the young pupils to different ways to get active outside the normal school PE curriculum and gain an insight into what sporting opportunities they can look forward to throughout their education.   

Our student volunteers have been trained on the University’s Sports Leadership Award, co-ordinated by Sport Development Officer Robbie Fox, from the department of Sport, Exercise and Health. This nationally recognised qualification teaches and develops organisation, planning, communication and teamwork skills through the medium of sport. This year has seen an unprecedented number of students wanting to get involved, which has allowed us to have almost double the number of children taking part in the Festival, which was first started in 2008.

The volunteers, a diverse group of students from numerous countries and studying different courses, are looking forward to giving something back to the local community by putting on this event.

Current Student Intern Trinity Handley comments: “In light of constant news and government reports on the poor health and low physical activity patterns of young children in Britain, being involved in the Festival of Sport is one of the best ways to show, by example, that exercise can be both fun and rewarding.

“I’m also looking forward to watching our female volunteers acting as role models to younger girls, as Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign has demonstrated the need for celebrating women in sport.”

The Primary Festival of School Sport will be followed by the Secondary Festival of School Sport, which is due to take place on in June and is also hosted by the University.

Further information

Please contact Robbie Fox – robbie.fox@bristol.ac.uk