Students lend a hand to ensure Spring School Games is a big success


Hartpury students played ‘outstanding’ roles in the success of a showpiece event attended by hundreds of schoolchildren from Gloucestershire.

Thirty-five students on Hartpury’s Level Three BTEC PE and Coaching course volunteered to help out at the Spring School Games finals for handball, netball and quicksticks hockey at Cheltenham College.

After receiving the necessary training, their roles included officiating, scoring and acting as team managers for the 700 children from 50 schools who qualified for the finals.

Tom Hall, Head of Education for Active Gloucestershire, said: “These events, particularly one as large as the Spring Games, could not run without the outstanding volunteer workforce from Hartpury and enormous credit must go to the students and staff for the amount of time, effort and energy that they put into the planning and delivery of the day.”

Hartpury was proud to support the event as part of its ongoing partnership with Active Gloucestershire.

Laura Simmonds, FE sports coordinator and lecturer at Hartpury, added: “Many of these students (year 1 and 2) have already undertaken over 100 hours of volunteering with us at events across the South West since the start of the academic year.

“Their enthusiasm, energy and willingness to undertake any role at these events is first class.”

Picture: Hartpury students handing out medals at the Spring School Games

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