A group of Sports students from Coleg Menai organised an event recently, aimed at increasing the participation in sport of people with a range of disabilities.

The five Level 3 Sport, Performance and Excellence students created adapted versions of goalball, football, netball and boccie specifically for the event, and invited members of local social enterprise Antur Waunfawr to join them and have a go at something new.

Sport Programme Leader Jenny Davies said,

Organising the event gave the students some excellent experience, and helped develop key skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving and communication. I personally believe that it also opened their eyes and showed them how important sport can be to some people. It was a wonderful experience for both the students and our friends from Antur, and we're hoping to make this a regular event.

Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Richard Cashman agreed,

It was a very positive day. I thought the students were extremely professional - they got on incredibly well with the individuals and showed a great amount of patience throughout. It was also great that the students gave the individuals the opportunity to make their own decisions, which is something we encourage throughout the company.

He added,

The individuals had a great time - obviously, some found it difficult to begin with and that is to be expected due to it being completely new to them. However, they've all come back to Antur with their certificates, and the Individuals who didn't make it to this session really want to come to the next because they've heard such positive things.

The students who planned the event were Cathryn Winstone of Llangefni, Aled Roberts of Llangefni, Harri Hughes of Pwllheli, Harry Galeotti of Bangor and Keenan Latham of Llangefni. 

Coleg Menai offers a range of courses in Sport and Public Services. For more information on any of our courses, please visit the courses section of our website at www.gllm.ac.uk/courses or contact our course advice line on 01248 383333.