Junior Olympic Games Comes to Dearne Valley College

Date: 07/04/2011

Foundation Degree students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) have hosted a Junior Olympics themed sports day for a local junior school.

Working in conjunction with and funded by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust (Sports Legacy team) Kaine Parker, Stevie Speakman, Shaun Cassell and Nicola Hepworth who are all studying the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching (Performance and Participation) organised the fun day for pupils from Wath Victoria Primary School.

As part of a personal professional review unit where they are learning how to run an event, the students put on sporting events which included; a 50 metre sprint, shot put, hurdles, obstacle races, discus, javelin, target throwing and long jump. Pupils also got to try basketball, netball and have fun on an inflatable obstacle course.

Andrew Skiffington, DVC Sport and Physical Recreation Tutor commented

“The Foundation Degree students have worked really hard all year planning this event and the end product was a massive success, which is a great credit to them. We would like to thank Wath Victoria Primary School for the opportunity to run this kind of event. The students chose to organise this event to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle amongst young children, along with raising awareness and increased participation in Olympic events and activities ready for the London 2012 Olympics”.

Certificates and medals were presented to all the participants.

Lynn Bridgewater, Wath Victoria School commented:

"The students were friendly, supportive, kind and good fun, thank you very much”.

Jill North, Sports Coordinator Coalfield Regeneration Trust commented:

“It was an excellent day the students and volunteers were exceptional and did a superb job in planning and running the day. A big well done to them all”.

Dearne Valley College are accepting applications for many vocational courses starting September 2011.

A further Open Evening will take place at the Manvers Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

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