I shall be returning to Loughborough University

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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In three weeks time I shall be returning to Loughborough University. This will be a reprise of the Step Into Sport camp run by the Youth Sport Trust. Once again I will be supporting one of the students from my school. 
The camp is run over three days and is a mash up of able bodied  students and those with disabilities. It was such a spectacular success last year that it has been radically expanded for 2013. This year, like 2012, there will be a mix of workshops dealing with all aspects of sport and coaching backed up by notable sporting personalities, Paralympians and Olympians. There will be lots of practical and fun activities involved as well.
Yesterday was both a precursor and a result of last year.
One of the aims of the SIS camp is to give young leaders the tools and confidence to go back into there local communities and schools and put them into practise. As a result of what we learnt in 2012 we held a one day camp where three local schools, one mainstream, and two special schools sent young leaders.
We had various sessions, an icebreaker/ getting to know you session, an inspirational talk by Paralympic Judo bronze medallist Ben Quilter, a session on becoming a sports maker and three workshops on communication, event organisation and team building. Post lunch everything they had learnt was put into practise as three primary schools arrived with two teams each to play in a sitting volleyball tournament run mostly by the young sports leaders.
The precursor to Loughborough 2013 was that three students from our local area are going this year. The day was an opportunity for them to meet each other and for them to get an early taste for what they will be involved in during the three days of SIS 2013.
It was a brilliant day and I am still buzzing from it!
Roll on Loughborough.

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