Year 6, 7’s and 8’s from schools across Andover, Romsey and Winchester have enjoyed the first class facilities at Sparsholt recently as the College’s Outdoor Education students put them through their paces.
Nearly 300 students from Romsey School, St Peters, Westgate, Kings and Henry Beaufort in Winchester and Harrow Way in Andover spent time at the College’s multi-million pound sports centre tackling the top of the range, bespoke climbing facility and being supervised by students down at Eastleigh Lake.
Outdoor Education Lecturer Kaj Berendsen explains the benefit of these sessions: “An important part of the Outdoor Education diploma is the Leadership unit for land based and water based activities. This examines the characteristics of effective sport or exercise leadership and gives learners the opportunity to demonstrate their own planning and delivery of a sport or exercise session.”
“We invite these students in and whilst they get to enjoy our very impressive facilities, our students get to hone their skills in a practical context which will go towards their final qualifications.”
The Sparsholt students are studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels) in Outdoor Education, a qualification which enables them to work in the sports, leisure or outdoor industries. This two year course teaches the practical and theory of climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing amongst others. An important part of the course is trips and expeditions to North and South Wales and Dartmoor.
Interested in finding out more about the Outdoor Education and Sport courses offered at Sparsholt College, then come along to the next Open Day on Saturday 7 March 2015, 10am to 3pm.
For further information please visit www.sparsholt.ac.uk or call 01962 776441.