Roefield grant will help pupils get sporty

Students enjoying activities made possible from generous �1,500 grant from Ribble Valley Homes. (s)
Students enjoying activities made possible from generous �1,500 grant from Ribble Valley Homes. (s)
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Roefield Leisure Centre has been awarded a Ribble Valley Homes Community Grant of £1,500 to cover the cost of transporting students from local secondary schools to take part in sports activities.

The 200 students are attending for six weeks in groups of around 50. Most of them are from semi or non-sporty backgrounds, with many not regularly involved in taking part in traditional sports.

Special needs and premium children are also being accommodated.

The students take part in activities the pupils can’t access at school, with many having an Olympic

theme as a legacy of the London games. These include body combat, archery, gymnasium challenges, spinning and climbing.

Neil Ashworth, Roefield’s Sports Co-ordinator said: “The aim of the project is to get the students physically active and help them to lead a healthier lifestyle. If young people feel better about themselves this can have a positive effect on the whole family and lead them to being a more functional unit. The younger they get involved in different sports, the more likely they are to carry on into adulthood.”

Andy Kelly, lead teacher for PE at St Augustine’s High School, Billington said: “Many students have developed a new self confidence in using Roefield and sharing facilities with the general public. I would like to thank Ribble Valley homes for enabling them to have this experience.”