HSDC sports students held a successful mini Olympics event for children from local schools on Thursday, 8 March.
Students from BTEC sports, outdoor adventure and uniformed services courses organised the event themselves as part of their courses, hosting a number of fun activities for the year four and five students to get involved with.
Sports Course Manager, Jenny Knight, said: “It’s really beneficial experience as some of our students want to become sports teachers – this gives them the real-life experience of running an event with lots of children. There’s only so much you can teach inside a classroom.
“Today has been really successful. The students have taken control of everything and it has been really well organised.
“The children have taken part in bench ball, obstacles courses, fitness exercises and lots of other games.”
Charlotte Belcher, Level 3 BTEC in Sport, Extended Diploma, said: “To has been really fun. You need patience to organise an event like this, I have done things like this in the past but never on this scale. Keeping to a good timescale has been the biggest challenge, but it has been great experience for the future.”
John Kennett, PE Teacher from Sharps Copse Primary School, said: “The event has been really well organised by the HSDC students. The children have loved it – for many of them it will be the first time they will have ever done anything like this. It is all about experiencing new things and they have really enjoyed themselves today.”
Course Manager Danny Sharratt said: “A lot of my students have done this previously, but it is a great experience for our newer students who have never organised an event before.
“It is definitely a steep learning curve, but it is a great way to learn how to all pitch in together and work as a team. Today has been fantastic, the students have really come out of their shell.”
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