Team GB Olympian inspires local students

hereward_handballHandball captain Bobby White visits Hereward College

Hereward College in Coventry enjoyed a special visit last Thursday from Team GB’s Bobby White after winning an Active Colleges competition. The Handball captain came to inspire the students after they entered their project to Sport England. Their outstanding project saw students take part in games featured in London 2012, but specially adapted to suit a variety of abilities, encouraging more of their students to take up sport.

Active Colleges is Sport England’s £25 million National Lottery fund which aims to help more college students play sport. It looks to encourage an increase in regular participation (at least 30 minutes per week) in sport by further education students across the country.

Bobby is one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions – a team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012.

In his capacity as a Sporting Champion, Bobby hopes he can use the inspiring memories of London 2012 to help the young people at Hereward College maintain their interest in sport for life.

Bobby White said: “The aim of Active Colleges is to increase the number of students in FE Colleges regularly taking part in sport, so it is something I’m very passionate about.

“I’m hopeful that by using the Olympic and Paralympic legacy from London 2012, and through my experiences in competing at an elite level, I can inspire all the young people in attendance to sustain their sports participation.”

Hereward’s Sports and Fitness Subject Leader Mark Harding said “Both staff and students were really inspired by Bobby’s visit.

“Not only did they learn about the persistence and hard work you need to become an Olympic champion, but were also able to have a go themselves!”

Hereward College is a general further education college located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry, providing both day and residential places. The college welcomes all learners including those with diverse and complex support requirements. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college.

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