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Students achieve recognition for their work with Special Olympics

Released: 02.07.13

A group of third year students were nominated by the Special Olympics (Plymouth and District Branch), for the Plymouth Guild Volunteer Team of the Year Award. As part of their third year (Sport Development) module Disability and Sport, students were required to undertake a period of placement, supporting the delivery of sport or physical activity programmes for people with some form of disability.

The group (Georgina Wells, Siobhan Howe, Sam Mitchell and Judith Bloomfield) chose to work with the Special Olympics Plymouth and District Branch, designing and delivering a series of ‘taster days’ as a way of promoting branch membership and enhancing the range of opportunities for members. Plymouth and District Branch committee members were particularly impressed by the level of organisation and commitment of the group. As well as delivering the sessions in the sports hall on Campus, students also attended and supported regular weekly evening sessions at Plymouth YMCA (John Kitto Centre).

The students were invited to attend the Plymouth Guild Awards Ceremony on Thursday 13th June. Sponsored by Plymouth Herald, this high profile event was attended by the Lord Mayor and a variety of people from community organisations, public services and businesses across Plymouth. Another Marjon student, Stuart Jones (BA Health, Exercise and Physical Activity), was awarded the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award at the ceremony – also for work with the Special Olympics Plymouth and District group. 

Aaron Beacom commented:"The University of St Mark & St John is delighted to have been involved with the development of the Special Olympics Plymouth and District branch over the past three years. As a community based voluntary organisation the Special Olympics provides a crucial service, promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting the development of competitive sport for people with learning disabilities. A number of athletes from the Plymouth and District branch have qualified to compete in the Special Olympics British Championships which are being held at the University of Bath this summer".    

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