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Sports students make a splash with qualification

Swimming Students

Four of our sports level 2 students have been making waves after completing their level 1 swimming teacher assistant qualification.

Former Hadley Learning Community students Ben Poulter and Dylan Ball, previous Idsall School pupil Chloe Fox, and Kumal Murray volunteered 30 hours of their half term, free time to achieve the qualification.

“We were recommended to work on this qualification by one of our teachers” says Chloe. “We have to complete a certain amount of time of voluntary work as part of our course, whether it’s helping to run events and competitions on campus or working outside of college, this programme fulfilled that time and we get a qualification for our CV too.”

As part of the four-day intensive course, the students trained at Wellington Leisure Centre, assisting swimming lessons for children of a mixed age range. By the end of the course, the group had to work together to formulate a swimming lesson plan and deliver it to a real class of swimmers.

Chloe added “We really enjoyed it. We worked in sessions with mixed abilities and, with some of the younger students, we had to get into the pool and help with the basics; how to float and beginner strokes.”

“I thought it was very rewarding.” said Dylan “I really enjoyed the experience. I think it will help us with any future work or studies, it’ll be great for our portfolios!”

This opportunity was provided by the Gen22 campaign, part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games legacy to provide an opportunity for young people aged 16-24 from the West Midlands to gain employability boosting career prospects linked with physical activity.

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