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Bristol students host alternative sports day for 400 local secondary school children

Press release issued: 4 June 2018

Over 400 school pupils will be trying their hand at a range of alternative sporting activities today [4 June], as the University of Bristol looks to inspire a life-long love of sport and exercise.

The youngsters, from 10 schools across Bristol, will join 150 University of Bristol students for a day of sporting fun at the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex.

Sports on offer range from Ninja training, ultimate frisbee and capture the flag to lacrosse, dodgeball and American football.

The day’s been devised to get pupils interested in a sport which they might not ordinarily get the chance to try, ultimately encouraging a more active lifestyle. A variety of students will be helping out, including volunteers from the Game Changers and B Active programmes designed to give encourage and provide opportunities to get active on campus.

Lisa Daley, event organiser from the University of Bristol, said: “It’s great to see students who are passionate about sport sharing their enthusiasm to give youngsters the confidence and opportunity to try something new and perhaps find a passion or unlock a new skill of their own.”

The Bristol Festival of School Sports was first established in 2008. Since then almost 10,000 school pupils from 21 Bristol secondary schools have taken part.

Sport Development Officer Lisa added: “The festival aims to inspire the pupils with a variety of dynamic sports which they might ordinarily not get the chance to try. Recent University of Bristol studies have showed that children do less exercise as they get older and research from Sport England shows that there’s a drop-in participation among secondary school students, therefore it’s crucial to spark an interest in sport at this stage in young people’s lives.

University of Bristol students have a fantastic opportunity to act as role models in helping these youngsters rethink their attitudes to sport, while also giving them a positive introduction to Higher Education during the process.”