Almost 200 primary school children from six Lancaster schools have taken part in a festival of sport and fitness organised by a team of students at the University of Cumbria aimed at promoting health and activity.
The event, involving children in key stage two, was arranged by sports coaching and development students who are asked to plan, promote and manage an event as part of their course. The aim is to attract a minimum of 150 children and raise at least £200 for charity.
Students Elliot Clayton, Harry Bolton, Ali Barnes and Rachel Camp made up the project team who worked with Steven Jamieson, director of the Lancaster and Heysham School Sports Network, to contact schools and recruit volunteers to manage a full day of activities.
“The students do a great job for the community,” Steve said while watching the event held at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster sports centre. “They learn from watching an event we run and then stage their own so it’s a pathway for the kids taking part as well as for the students studying this area.”
The day-long event saw the Lancaster sports hall taken over by a range of activities which put children through their paces using innovative, fun techniques. Pupils from Moorside, Dallas Road, Thurnham Glasson, Ryelands, Bowerham and Scotforth primary schools attended.
“Our activities for the day are inspired by Change4Life which focuses on a wide range of multi skill games to hopefully inspire the participants to live healthy and active lifestyles,” Rachel Camp, a member of the student organising team, said. “We also had volunteers from Active Lives and the City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club helping out.”
The Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Roger Mace, was invited to present medals.
“The event was very well organised and the children had a lot of fun,” Emma Hudson, year 4 teacher at Dallas Road Primary School, said.
The Derian House charity - whose mascot Derian Danni proved a popular attraction - will receive a donation. Community fundraiser for the charity Sue Seddon paid tribute to the students for organising the event to benefit the charity.
“We chose to raise money for the Derian House children’s hospice which provides a safe haven for terminally ill children and their families,” Rachel Camp, one of the team of four behind the project, said. “We have raised over £400 through fundraising events such as a tombola and thanks to the male members of the team having legs waxed.”
The project is one of the final pieces of work the students will complete before graduation; the hope is their efforts will make a lasting impression on the children who took part.