Sports students help get 500 school pupils into athletics


Sports students from New College Lanarkshire's Broadwood Campus have helped 500 local school pupils get into athletics after offering their assistance and expertise at an active schools event. 

Students from the HNC Coaching and Developing course helped at the North Lanarkshire Active Schools Sportshall Athletics event held in Tryst Sports Centre in November. 

They helped guide primary 6 and 7 pupils from 19 schools across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth through each station - which included vertical jump, standing long jump and relay races - offering advice and guidance using their sporting expertise while building confidence in coaching. 

Lecturer David Mitchell said: "This was an amazing experience for our students to be involved in - putting their learnings into practice while building their confidence and employability skills for their future careers. 

"The students also enjoyed getting to give something back to the community, encouraging young people to get into sport and fitness while being part of a huge event.

"Well done to all our students who got involved - we are extremely proud of the professionalism and knowledge shown."

The Sportshall primary programme aims to introduce young people to athletics and multi-skills competitions.

Ross Sweeney, Senior Sports Development Officer at Active Schools, said: "Thanks to David Mitchell, his students and all the team at New College Lanarkshire for providing the support at the Sportshall Athletics festival events. 

"Both days were very successful because of the assistance from all of the students and the feedback from schools has been excellent. 

"In particular we have had many comments about the students assisting the pupils by demonstrating, consistent encouragement and guidance at each activity station."

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