Hallsy’s Weekly Look Around the Academy – A little bit of Worthing in AFRICA…

The Worthing College Academy of Sport don’t only focus on performance, they also look to give back to the community and recently this has been the case not only locally, but also in Africa.  Worthing College have donated old Football kits to children in Accra, Ghana and the Kibera slums in Nairobi (Kenya).
Worthing College students Emily Begley and Sophie Tribe were in Kenya completing volunteer work over the Easter holidays and were more than happy to take kit over to help those less fortunate.  Begley, who is a Netball Performance Programme player commented “The children were so excited when we showed them the kit.  They were not expecting it and it was great to see them playing and enjoying themselves.  Sometimes we don’t realise how fortunate we are and this visit has definitely opened my eyes and I would recommend this to any other young person, who is interested in volunteer work.”  Worthing College Academy of Sport students were also giving back to the local community when four Academy members officiated at the Orchards School for the Year 4 small sided Netball & Football Tournaments.  Netball Programme members Lizzie Hall & Mele Jackson and Football Programme members Ollie Setchell & Adam Skinner helped with the running of the tournaments by officiating all matches and their performance was praised by teachers across the participating schools.  West Park won the Football and Orchards were successful in the Netball.  Academy of Sport Co-ordinator Tina Price emphasised the importance of work in the local community “At the Academy we try to provide the students with the best provision possible so that they can develop in their own sport, however the students need to realise that they are in a privileged position and are positive role models within the local community.  With this in mind all Academy members have fully embraced this and have helped out officiating, coaching, leading in a number of schools and at a number of events, which allows the students to provide a positive experience in sport for the children that are involved, which will hopefully get those children into good habits and take sport on into their future education as well as life in general.  We are really looking forward to working with the local schools soon in preparation for the Worthing Schools Olympics in June, which will be an amazing event that the whole community will be proud of.”
Next season if your school needs an official or would like Academy students to help out with any aspects of PE & Sport please email Dave Hall on d.hall@worthing.ac.uk and we will try to get students out to you.  However Wednesday afternoon’s would not be viable as this is Academy game day.
Onwards & Upwards,
Hallsy

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