Primary School children visit Campus to experience ‘a day in the life of a student’.

Posted by lcj11 at Jun 14, 2018 12:45 PM |
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June saw the influx of over 100 primary school children, from five local primary schools on to Campus, to take part in the Leicester Academy Festival day.

This was the conclusion of a year-long volunteering project, in which 30 volunteers have taken part in training sessions and delivered weekly sports sessions to the eight primary schools involved. The Festival celebrates the achievements of all those involved and provides the young students from a Widening Participation background to experience ‘a day in the life of a student’. In total, 22 Leicester Academy volunteers helped at the Festival, creating a positive and engaging atmosphere for the young people, inspiring them to take up sports and attend university in the future.

After arriving on to Campus, the students started their day with a sports lecture delivered by Isabelle Drinkwater (Sports Scholar and Leicester Academy Volunteer) who spoke about her experiences at university and competing as a rower. The talk was inspiring, with kids at the end mentioning that they would like to take up rowing as a new sport. There was also a quiz to test the student’s knowledge in sport.

‘Listening to Isabelle Drinkwater talk about how she manages university life and her rowing training programme was very inspiring, especially for our girls! Our children were talking on the way home saying that it was the best trip ever!’ – Teacher at Mellor Primary SchoolRounders

‘The children were inspired by the guest visitor to have high aspirations, follow their dreams and see the benefits of going to university.’ – Teacher at Holy Cross Primary School

The students then took part in an ‘all-to-play-for’ orienteering challenge, led by their Leicester Academy Sports Leaders. Using clues and a map, the young people navigated their way around Campus, answering as many bonus questions as possible within a strict time limit. The finishing location was the Chi food outlet in the Charles Wilson Building, where students were given a food voucher to purchase their lunch. Lunch was a huge selling point for the primary school students, with many claiming that this was the best food they had ever eaten!

‘Having the opportunity to explore a university campus and the various buildings was amazing, especially the canteen at lunchtime. The leaders were so enthusiastic and supportive of everyone which really inspired our children who loved finding out more about them’ – Teacher at Ashby Willesley Primary School

In the afternoon, the primary school students rotated around three sports stations; including rounder’s on the Fielding JohnsonUV Sport Lawn, UV Sports in the O2 Academy and Zumba in the CW Sports Hall/DBSC Studio. The Leicester Academy volunteers kept up their high energy throughout, leading the sessions or taking part in the sports themselves.

‘Throughout the day the volunteers were exposed to sports that they wouldn’t normally experience such as neon volleyball and Zumba. A large majority of the children commented on how they wanted to come to university when they are older’ – Teacher at Rowlatt’s Hill Primary School

Overall this was a fantastic two days for the Leicester Academy, which aims to inspire young people to attend university in the future and take up physical activity. The Leicester Academy now looks forwards to a couple more visit days from Secondary Schools over the summer, before it starts off again at the beginning of the next academic year!

‘I didn’t want to go to university before this trip but now I do because you get to have so much fun and work as a team’ – Year 5 student

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