Students at Llandarcy Academy of Sport (part of NPTC Group of Colleges) teamed up with Ospreys In The Community and Action for Children Charity to deliver a well-being event to over 550 local primary school children.
The event celebrated the success of a pilot scheme, run by The Ospreys and Action For Children for local schools across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea, promoting resilience and wellbeing.
Llandarcy Academy of Sport students delivered coaching and sporting activities to pupils from Coed Hirwaun Primary, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwmnedd, Gorseinon Primary, Pontlliw Primary, St Therese’s Catholic Primary School, Melin Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Lon Las Primary, Gowerton Primary and Blaendulais. Pupils took part in rugby and netball sessions as well as wipe out, chicken hero and capture the flag games.
Tom Sloane, Community Foundation Manager for the Ospreys, was delighted with the success of the event:
“The event is a pilot of six months’ work, supporting primary school children with their resilience and wellbeing. The College is heavily supporting the event by allowing the use of their brilliant facilities and College students are running the physical sessions. It’s the first mass participant event we have been able to run for a long time and it was great to get back and see children with smiles on their faces again.”
Action for Children, who protect and support children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, also attended the event. Caryl Dyer, their Service Co-ordinator said:
“I just want to say a massive thank you to NPTC Group of Colleges because without their support we would not have been able to have access to the exceptional facilities and it’s allowed us to have the number of students we have got here with us today and I would also like to thank the students who are delivering the activities as they have been fantastic with all of the children and they are all enjoying themselves.”
Barry Roberts, Head of Sport & Public Services for NPTC Group of Colleges was keen to get students back out coaching in the community: “It’s great to see events happening again and that the local community is using the fantastic sporting facilities here at Llandarcy Academy of Sport. For our students, nothing beats coaching on the field and events like this provide such a great opportunity to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.’’
Guests at the event were also treated to a first look at the Ospreys’ fleet of vehicles proudly displaying The NPTC Group of Colleges logo alongside those of other community partners.