Truro College Sport students inspire the next generation

Second-year Extended Diploma Sport students from Truro College have been developing their coaching skills as they lead a group of Year 5 pupils from Blackwater Community Primary School, who are part of the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, through a series of lessons.

The students have helped the pupils develop their range of physical literacy through a series of sessions that allow them to try different activities building their agility, balance and coordination. Each lesson the students create a carousel of activities for the pupils to rotate through, giving them the chance to learn a range of skills. Tim Evans, the Truro College lecturer working with the Sports students, stated that: “The Sports students have focused on planning activities that the primary school pupils enjoy, helping them to encourage the children to not only develop their physical literacy but also helping them to have an active future.”

Harry Butterworth, one of the students leading the sessions, has found the opportunity to be incredibly beneficial, saying: “It’s been good for the kids and for us. They can learn new skills that could progress them onto different sports and it gives us the opportunity to work with kids to see if it’s what we want to do in the future. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, it’s been great fun.”   

While the sessions act as a part of the sport students’ practical section of their coaching module, the experience has also been great for the children of Blackwater Community Primary School. Members of staff who accompany the children each week were thrilled with the sessions, saying: “The children will be so sorry to leave, they really look forward to the sessions. Even the students who have always refused to take part in PE and the students with less confidence have taken part and loved it. It’s given all children of all abilities access and has built their confidence up. We just can’t praise the students enough.”

With the increasing importance of physical activity for mental and health wellbeing, it is great that Truro College students have had the opportunity to develop their employability skills while helping the next generation to find their passion within sport, physical activity and PE. After Christmas, Kennel Vale Primary School will work with the Truro College students.