Corby pupils plan community days as part of Olympic countdown

Chloe Meakins, Alice Smyth and Hollie Wilson
Chloe Meakins, Alice Smyth and Hollie Wilson

Puipls at a Corby school are counting down to this summer’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games by throwing themselves into helping the local community.

Lodge Park Academy students have been busy putting plans in place to engage with people young and old as part of the Get Set for Community Action programme.

Created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, and made possible due to the Big Lottery Fund, the UK-wide Get Set for Community Action programme aims to help thousands of 14 to 19-year-olds to strengthen relationships between young people and their communities.

Lodge Park have already been busy putting the building blocks in place with a day of training with the Get Set for Community Action team as well as spending a morning with multiple Paralympic medal winning swimmer Martin Mansell to discuss delivering projects to disability groups in the community.

A total of 34 students from Years 7 to 10 are involved in the programme with the plan to organise a disability day and over-50s day.

And director of sport Alice Smyth could not be happier with the enthusiasm and efforts of her students so far.

She said: “So far we’ve had 34 students take part in two rounds of training.

“The students came up with the ideas – we have not finalised the whole project yet but are looking forward to getting some great feedback from the community.

“We are looking at delivering a disability day and an over 50s day to allow people to access different activities which they may not have tried before.

“At the training days, the students covered the sports of boccia, goalball and seated volleyball.

“They’re a great bunch of leaders who have come up with some fantastic ideas to allow the people of Corby to get involved in sport.”

Lodge Park Academy was one of over 65 specially selected champion schools which attended a national training day at Villa Park in Birmingham last year, which helped them create a community project using the Olympic and Paralympic Games values as their inspiration.

With less than six months to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, pupils are helping to build pride and excitement in the lead-up to this summer.

And Alice believes organising the project is helping the students as much as the community.

She said: “Doing this project will help develop our student’s leadership skills and gives us the opportunity to work with the community groups we might not otherwise have the opportunity to work with.

“Things like resilience, team work and most importantly how good you can feel and how much you can learn from working with other people.

“It’s a great opportunity to develop the skills that our leaders already have and are able to implement in the community.”

et Set for Community Action is a new UK-wide programme for young people and their communities created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association and made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

To find out more visit www.getsetaction.org.uk.