Hartpury students provide support at Special Olympics taster event


Hartpury College students lended a helping hand at the Special Olympics Gloucestershire Taster Day in Cheltenham co-ordinated by Active Gloucestershire.

The event at Leisure@Cheltenham sports centre provided people of all ages with a learning impairment or a physical disability with an opportunity to try a wide range of sports, including archery, cricket, golf and tennis, through the use of adapted techniques and equipment.

Twenty-five students on Hartpury’s Level 3 Diploma PE and Coaching course volunteered to help out throughout the action-packed day, which was free for participants.

Laura Simmonds, FE sports co-ordinator and lecturer at Hartpury, said: “We’re always extremely pleased to support these fantastic events as part of our ongoing partnership with Active Gloucestershire, which includes hosting the Gloucestershire School Games every summer.

“They’re a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills, gain confidence and make a difference to the lives of the people taking part.

“We hope everyone who attended the taster event had a fantastic day and we look forward to seeing them again at future events.”

Daniel Brookes, chairman of Special Olympics Gloucestershire, added: “We’re about trying to provide a breadth of opportunity for participation and giving a sense of belonging for those with disability in Gloucestershire.

“Everyone has a role to play in today’s society and we aim to give those who need a little help a chance to play theirs.”

Picture: Hartpury student Sasha Crooknorth at the Special Olympics Gloucestershire Taster Day

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