Selby College Sport team up with Selby District Vision

Thursday 6th October saw Sports students from Top-Performing Selby College, run a successful multi-sports event in partnership with Selby District Vision as part of the ‘Get Set for Community Action’ campaign.

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 olds – ‘Action Leads’ –have worked 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. Sixteen Selby College students aged 16-18 years old have worked as action leads planning and running several events through the year with yesterday’s event the celebration event as part of the Rio Olympics 2016. The students held several meetings with Selby District Vision about how to get the most from the day and also received training on working with the visually impaired participants and funding for the equipment to help the day run smoothly.

Joanne Reader from Selby District Vision said ‘’ We 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 thoroughly enjoyed the day and 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.’’

The event included Boccia, New Age Kurling and participants having access to the gym facilities on site. To finish the day, the participants and students sat down and enjoyed a chat over a cup of tea and a well-deserved biscuit! The day was made even more sweeter by triathlete and Olympic Bronze medallist, Vicky Holland joining the students to help support and encourage both students and participants… and of course she brought the medal along with her!

Vicky Holland said ‘’it’s been a great day meeting young volunteers at Selby College and celebrating their Get Set Action project! I have been so impressed with attitudes of all involved!’’

Both Selby District Vision and the Selby College students thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking to work together again in the future. Ed Grady Sports Development Officer said ‘’This helps to connect generations together through sport and to build links in the Selby community. It was great to see the students work out of their comfort zones and see their confidence grow as the day went on.’’

Saskia Lewis one of the action leads from Selby College added’ ’I really enjoyed working with Selby District Vision and found the day rewarding as you could see the impact it had on their lives.’’

Published: Thursday 20 Oct 2016