July 8, 2019, by Charlotte Gauja

100 Nottingham school students visit the David Ross Sports Village for Celebration event

On Thursday 27th June, the Nottingham Laureus Sport for Good programme welcomed 100 local school children to the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

The Laureus Sport for Good programme works in disadvantaged areas of Nottingham use sport to support children to build key life skills, deliver their own social action projects and make the transition from primary to secondary education as seamless as possible.

The programme runs throughout the year with students from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham College volunteering their time to help make a difference through sport. The day was created to celebrate the success of the programme throughout the year.

The day consisted of sports taster sessions run by the University Volunteers, tours of the campus and a presentation from charity, Emmanuel House after benefiting from the social action projects undertaken by the children. All sessions on the day were based on building key skills and attributes that the programme focuses on, these include; teamwork, respect, awareness of emotions, managing emotions, personal responsibility, confidence, motivation and determination.

Nottingham Trent University student, Ben Rockliffe, who volunteered on the day commented,

“I thought the day ran really well and it was enjoyable for all of the students, volunteers and staff involved with the Celebration Event. It was a great way to finish off the year with all who were involved with the programme.

The event gave me experience in the running of multiple school indoor sports events. I enjoyed helping run and leading the activities and sessions. It was nice seeing the school children, collecting their certificates and being rewarded for their work throughout the year. It was also good to be able to talk to them about their future plans and schools that they will be moving into. I would recommend the programme to friends as it provides you with more experience working with students, some of which are from less fortunate backgrounds and deprived areas.”

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