Uckfield Community College students are counting down to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games by throwing themselves into a host of valuable community projects.
The College is putting plans into place to engage with people young and old as part of the Get Set for the Community Action programme.
Created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association and made possible by the Big Lottery Fund and the UK wide Get Set for the Community Action programme, the projects aim to help thousands of 14-19 year olds to strengthen relationships between themselves and the communities where they study, live and work.
To start their own programme, the Uckfield Community Technology College group helped out a local mother and toddler group on Monday this week.
They are also planning to visit older folk in the coming months.
College PE teacher Sarah levett could not be happier with her pupils’ efforts so far. She said: “We’ve been having lots of fun preparing for community events. On Monday we helped a local toddler group run some fun activities based on agility, balance and co-ordination to try and inspire children and their parents to be active. About 25 under-fours and their parents and carers took part - it was tremendous fun - and we’re also going to run events for over 55 year olds. We looked at groups that have a need and we are building on links that already exist. Groups we have approached so far are all very excited about our planned visits.
“What’s almost as important, the students are learning new organisational and leadership skills. They are also learning new games. As a group we have spent a lot of time trying out new activities and games to find ones that best suit the needs of different age groups in and around Uckfield and our nearby villages.”
Year nine student Louise Davey said: “It was really fun working with the children, and great to see them inspired by our activities. I’m looking forward to doing more projects in the future.”
The College is one of 65 specially selected Champion Schools that attended a national training day at Villa Park, Birmingham last year. This helped them create a project using the Olympics as their inspiration. And Sarah believes organising the project is helping her students as much as people in the town. “This also raises the profile of our schools’ students locally and it’s a great way of giving students the chance to learn new skills and work with other people that they wouldn’t ordinarily have had the chance to work with or meet.”
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