Date: 16/05/2012

Year 10 pupils from Rawmarsh Community School, Rotherham, have taken part in a sports taster day at Dearne Valley College (DVC).

The BTEC First Diploma in Sport Group spent an afternoon at the Wath-based College as part of DVC’s School Liaison Service, which is committed to working with local schools to raise awareness and knowledge of Further Education opportunities available after completing compulsory education.

Matt Boucher, Assistant Head Teacher, Rawmarsh Community School, commented:
“We received a very warm welcome from the tutor, and the facilities at DVC are clearly excellent. Our students really enjoyed a flavour of college life at DVC and were enthused to want to know more. Our strong links to the college help the young people of Rawmarsh to make that, sometimes difficult, first step away from school and aspire to continue to achieve in education and training".

The group got a flavour of the excellent facilities and the vocational courses on offer by taking part in ice breaker activities, warm-ups and by using the gym facilities. The pupils were given an insight into college life should they choose a course in the future after taking their GCSEs.

Michael Blythe, DVC Sport and Physical Recreation, commented:
“The group who attended were all excellent. They were polite, enthusiastic, hard working, and did everything with a smile on their face. Upon leaving they should have also developed the knowledge and skills needed to lead their own practical sports sessions should they return to DVC on a sports course.  Apart from this, students also had opportunity to meet staff, observe classes, use the facilities and gain an insight into college life. Hopefully more of these ‘taster sessions’ can be done so other students can reap the same benefits and DVC has the chance to spread word of the good work we do”.

To arrange vocational taster activities for your school contact Mark Hepworth, Assistant Admissions Manager on 01709 513333.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for many vocational courses starting in September 2012.

For a Further Education Course Guide 2012/2013 call the Enquiry Line on 01709 513355, email learn@dearne-coll.ac.uk or alternatively the course guide can be downloaded from www.dearne-coll.ac.uk

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