University Sports Centre runs event for Mature Students

Posted by nats2 at Feb 23, 2017 01:40 PM |
The Danielle Brown Sports Centre hosts Alternative Sports Afternoon to tackle barriers for mature students

ASA Wheelchair basketball

On Wednesday 15th February staff from the University’s Danielle Brown Sports Centre ran an afternoon of sports, games and entertainment aimed specifically at mature students. The Sport & Recreation service recognises the barriers that traditionally prevent the University’s mature students from becoming involved with our services and designed the Alternative Sport Afternoon to directly tackle this issue.

The afternoon consisted of a series of eccentric sports that are not typically accessible within mainstream sports programmes. By featuring non-traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Bubble Football and UV Badminton the event offered the opportunity for all abilities to get involved. In the planning of the event our organisers understood that many of the University’s mature students struggle to find care for their children so that they may be able to participate in sporting activities. Therefore the decision was made to provide ample entertainment and care for children of those attending the event. The Danielle Brown Sports Centre’s downstairs fitness studio was dedicated to this task, filled with games such as Giant Jenga, Table Football and even a Basketball challenge.

ASA activity room

One of the leaders in organising the event, Dan Jackson, commented:
‘We were looking to promote the inclusion and participation of mature students and even though numbers weren’t as high as expected, the students that did attend found it very rewarding and a great way of including students families as well.’

The 8 attendees on the day, 4 of which were children of mature students, threw themselves into the activities with tireless enthusiasm. Feedback from the event was extremely positive; with one participant on the day stated: 'I very much appreciate something for mature students and children… this is the first time there has been something for mature students.' Additionally our feedback questionnaire found that 100% of attendees said that events like this one help to enhance student experience, and that 100% found the staff, activities and facilities outstanding. This encouraging feedback certainly pays dedication to the hard work of all of the Sport & Recreation service in their endeavours to reduce barriers to sport for all those at the University.

ASA bubble football

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