Rio 2016 Bronze Medallist, Vicky Holland
Top-performing, Selby College, have teamed up with a local visually impaired group to run a multi- sports event for Selby District Vision. The Get Set for Community Action team will host the event on Thursday 6th October in the college sports hall, supported by Olympic medallist Vicky Holland, who recently won bronze in Rio competing in the triathlon. Ed Grady, Sports Development Officer for the college added ‘’This will be a fantastic opportunity for the students involved to work with Vicky and a fantastic award for all their hard work in the community.’’
Get Set for Community Action is a brand new programme, which aims to strengthen relationships between young people and their local communities through the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence and respect) and the Paralympic Values (courage, determination, equality and inspiration).
Thousands of 14-19-year-old – ‘Action Leads’ – will work in teams across the UK, building relationships with local community groups to plan and deliver at least two projects each, in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Many students would find it tough to come out of their shell and spend an afternoon with strangers but as Team Coordinator and Selby College Sports Development Officer, Ed Grady explains, “My students really have great confidence in their abilities to make the event a success. With the experience gained from previous events, I’m confident that they can make this event a major success. Get Set for Community Action has helped our students get outside their comfort zone and is helping students with their employability skills”
The team is represented by students from the Sports Department at Selby College who have also recently completed a training session with Selby District Vision on how to work with partially sighted performers.
Keen to make sure the event goes to plan, they are meeting with the organisation’s leadership team to consult with them and then tailor their project to the group’s needs. Joanne Reader from Selby District Vision explains ‘’ Selby District Vision are absolutely delighted to be working with Selby college on this project. We know from experience that inter-generational support can be extremely beneficial from both sides. Our clients are really looking forward to being able to try out new accessible sports and opportunities, supported by the college students. This project also allows them to return that favour by providing practical experience for the students, which they are glad to be able to offer. The college team have been so keen to enable this project to work to the benefit of our service users and we plan for this to continue well into the future.’’
Published: Thursday 6 Oct 2016