Students Play Vital Role In Grassroots Sport

Over 600 children from local East Durham primary schools (aged 5 to 6) took part in the annual East Durham Outdoor Education Event that is held in the grounds of Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite.

There are numerous activities on the fields and in the woods such as golf, football, hockey, bowling and loads of fun team games. The children move from activity to activity in groups.

The event is organised by the Sports Co-ordinators of the Schools/Sports Partnership and ran over 3 consecutive days at the end of May. However East Durham College’s Sport and Public Services students also play a vital role in helping the event to take place. Over 150 students helped staff the event, manning each activity and put the groups of children through their paces.

Gill Hulme, Programme Leader for Sports, who has been employed at the College for over 35 years, said: “The event could not be run without the support of our students and it is a perfect opportunity for them to put into practice the coaching skills that they have learnt, on their programmes of study, whilst at East Durham College.

“This year’s students have been brilliant, receiving glowing reports from many of the schools taking part and the Sports Co-ordinators. I’m just sad this will be the last event I’m involved with as I retire at the end of the term.”

Sports students who study at East Durham College have gone on to play and coach at regional, national and international levels.

For more information on sports courses at East Durham College call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.