Hartpury students help schoolchildren ‘Feel Inspired’ at sports camp

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A group of helpful Hartpury students are hoping to transform the lives of a new generation of children through sport after giving them a taste of the Paralympics at a recent WheelPower camp.  

Hartpury’s Young Ambassadors assisted in running an inspirational sports camp for local primary schoolchildren in conjunction with the charity WheelPower. The ‘Feel Inspired’ Primary Sport Camp was held at Leisure at Cheltenham last week as part of a series of events designed to help children enjoy sport in an inclusive environment.

Disabled children from local primary schools got the chance to take part in events including wheelchair basketball, athletics and golf. Hartpury’s students put their experience from the Gloucestershire School Games earlier this year into practice to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Twenty-four Hartpury students, who are all first or second years from the Extended Diploma in Sport (PE and Coaching), were on hand throughout the day to support participants in each of the four sports. One of the highlights was a stand that gave children the chance to participate in boccia, a Paralympic sport closely related to bowls.

Ed Pearse, event organiser from WheelPower, said: “A massive thank you to the Hartpury students for coming along to the event, every single child left with a smile on their face and that is down to the hard work that they put in.

“I have worked with a huge number of sports leaders and schools on the ‘Feel Inspired’ project this year and I can safely say that Hartpury’s students have been the best by a mile.”

Ed was has kindly offered to give the students who volunteered at the event a guided tour at his base at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Known as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, the stadium boasts top training facilities and is also home of the National Wheelchair Championships.

Victoria Turner, from Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy, added: “Having attended WheelPower with one of our pupils I just wanted to thank the Hartpury hosts for making the day so enjoyable.

“The students were polite, helpful and absolutely fantastic when engaging with all of the children during the day. My pupil, William, described the event as the 'best day ever’ so I must give a special thanks to the students on Black Team who worked closely with William all day!”

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