College's golden ticket to build on Olympic legacy
IT has been a summer of sport like no other – putting the nation on an adrenalin high. The feel-good factor that began with Bradley Wiggins riding to victory in the Tour de France turned into a gold rush as Team GB landed an impressive medal haul at London 2012.
The result is more and more youngsters eager to get involved in sport.
And students at Wilberforce College will benefit more than most with the addition of a specialist sports development officer.
The college has been selected by Sport England as one of 150 Active Colleges nationwide to receive £105,000 over five years to hire a dedicated Sport Maker.
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The sport maker's role will be to link the college with community sport, with the aim of reducing the number of young people who drop out of playing sport – especially between the ages of 16 and 18.
A key role will be to help governing bodies of sports connect with college students.
Sport and PE teacher Steve Allison applied for the funding last year, along with head of PE, Nicola Candamio.
He said, "This is a massive achievement for the college.
"One of the main reasons we wanted to apply for this was because of the Olympics.
"We want to strike while the iron is hot.
"Everyone has been buzzing about the Olympics and when people are saying they want to try out sports, we can look at introducing them.
"After the huge success of the London Olympics and Paralympics, we are keen to keep the legacy going, and with the award of this funding, we will achieve this."
The college will now hire a dedicated member of staff whose role it will be to help more youngsters stay in sport or get into sport.
The aim is to have an extra 750 16 to 18-year-olds playing regular sport.
Mr Allison said: "The college students will have fantastic opportunities to be involved in a variety of different sports and fitness activities, which will benefit their health and knowledge and help develop key skills needed to progress successfully in life, such as communication and teamwork."
Activities will be run in college and within the local community.
They will include mainstream sports and those that are more unusual.