Published on December 18, 2019

Sports And Public Services Students Get Into The Community Spirit During Progress Review Week

From Monday 16th December to Wednesday 18th December the sports and public services students and staff have been participating in community-based activities, learning about how they can move forward and make positive contributions to our society.

Over three days students participated in a range of activities, sat through several presentations and workshops with external speakers, including former professional footballer and boxer, Leon Mckenzie who gave a presentation talking about his mental health journey. Students also participated in British Sign Language classes

Following a workshop with Trussell Trust, a food bank based in Hitchin; the students organised an appeal to collect items that will be distributed throughout the local community.

Sport and Exercise Science student, Cam Roberts said: “The charities and less fortunate inspired us all to help out. We all felt a collective responsibility to contribute and come together to create a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Students also got together to run a cake sale to fundraise for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, where they raised just under £80 for the charity dedicated to saving lives wherever possible.

Public Services student, Paige Mangelshot said: “As part of our progress review week bridge activity we were tasked with donating food, clothes, and running a charity cake sale for charitable causes including Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Services and, a Hitchin foodbank. Ahead of the week and in our Bridge sessions we watched a documentary about foodbanks which was truly eye-opening and so I saw this week as an opportunity to give back to the community. I went home and dug through my clothes and encouraged my family and close friends to do the same – they all gave what they could. I’m so happy that I could do my bit. It was the most inspirational week I have had at College and it made me think of what else I can do in my day to day life to help the community.”

It wasn’t just the students who got involved, there were fiercely fought netball and football matches between staff and students. The staff won both matches but it was a commendable effort from the student teams.

Liz Calver, Head of Curriculum – Sport and Public Services said: “The focus on ‘Community’ this progress review week has given our students a new insight and understanding into how to contribute positively and meaningfully to our society and why this is so important. From cake-sales to food banks, to charity drives, and guest speakers the week has been brilliant; and the kindness and generosity shown by our Sport and Public Services students and staff have been truly heart-warming.”

The curriculum area will start a new charitable drive for the college’s charity of the year – Garden House Hospice in the new year so watch this space. Six of the staff members have all signed up for the Garden House Hospice’s National 3 Peaks Challenge in June 2020.

If you would like to support the team with their fundraising challenge click here.

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