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Students given a sporting chance
5:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A NEW Olympic legacy initiative encouraging youngsters to take up sport has been adopted by Swindon College.
Sportivate will see students getting taster sessions in a variety of sports with the aim of getting them to join a local team.
Among the sports on offer to the youngsters are tag rugby, volleyball and lacrosse.
Chris Baxtor, a learning support technician at the college, said: “This has proved very popular with the students and has so far been very susccesful.
“I already know of several of the students who have signed up to a local club so it should have a very good effect on sport throughout Swindon.”
The college has joined forces with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) to offer the scheme to students who are doing sports or public services courses.
Sportivate is a £56m Lottery- funded London 2012 legacy project that gives young people the chance to discover a sport they love.
Each Wednesday the students are split into groups for the small sessions.
“Each session they run through a few basic drills for each sport to give them an idea,” said Chris.
“They have been really popular and every session has had more than 150 young people take part.”
The overall aim is to try to increase the uptake of sports in the region, with the focus being on the more obscure sports.
Chris said: “There is definitely an effort to try to bring more people into new sports. Everyone knows about football but we have other smaller sports like lacrosse or self defence.
“Each sport has highly-qualified coaches coming to teach the sport, many of whom are former international players in their own sport.”
Sportative is currently only due to be in place for a limited period of time but it is hoped it can be extended.
“Everyone seems to be gaining so much it would be great if it could be extended for another term,” said Chris.
WASP co-ordinator Dominique Oughton said: “Sportivate is all about getting young people involved and active and gives them the opportunity to try new sports. We coach them over the six months and after that we help, support and encourage them to continue playing sport.”
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