Tuesday, 05 June 2012
Hundreds of schoolchildren enjoyed a day of activities, including the chance to play on the County Cricket ground during the University of Worcester’s annual Learning Through Sport event.
More than 200 Year 7/8 pupils from local schools took part in the day, which was the 5th such event hosted by the University in partnership with the County’s leading sports clubs, including Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, said: “The aim of this event is to promote children’s participation in sport and encourage learning. The University has a strong reputation for supporting a range of sports within the region and for working with young people. We are delighted to bring so many sports partners, and community partner npower, together to deliver this experience of Learning Through Sport for young people.”
During the day children took part in a host of sports and fun activities led by University lecturers, players and coaches, at the University’s St John’s Campus. In the afternoon they then moved to Worcestershire County Cricket Club to watch Worcestershire take on Somerset, with the opportunity to play Kwik Cricket during the lunch interval, before making a ‘human tunnel’ to welcome players back on the pitch.
Throughout the afternoon, the children had the chance to use the Aztec climbing wall and visit the University’s mobile Motion Performance Centre.
University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, added: “Participating in sport has very many positive virtues. In recent years the University and our partners have also developed an internationally recognised expertise in promoting education through sport. Several thousand children in this region have already benefited.”