‘A footballer’ must be one of the most common answers we get when we ask Year 6 boys what they want to be in the future, so it was fantastic to have the opportunity to open their eyes to the wide range of career and study options relating to the sports industry when we ran our Sports Science FOCUS Week recently.
Eighteen boys and girls from Year 6 upwards attended the week during their summer holidays. They had the opportunity to work in teams, researching and presenting on inspirational figures in sport, as well as developing their teamwork and leadership skills through playing a wide range of sports, including trying archery for the first time.
On the final day of the FOCUS Week we took the young people to Brunel University, where they were amazed by the athletics facilities, even having the chance to meet and question medal-winning sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis.
Having the chance to meet the Student Ambassadors was a very rewarding experience too. Rebecca, a Year 8 student who has attended Secondary Academic Support since the centre opened, particularly enjoyed talking to Jameel, who is currently studying Physiotherapy at Brunel. Rebecca has been interested in studying Physiotherapy ever since we ran a careers workshop during Academic Support, and she has had help at the IU centre to research university courses and entry requirements. It was therefore invaluable for her to be able to speak to Jameel about his experiences and his passion for the subject.
Thanks to Lesley Mortimer, Widening Participation Officer, and the Student Ambassadors at Brunel University for making our visit such a success.