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Tuesday 5 May 2015

More than 100 staff unite to celebrate city's sport projects

More than 100 staff, students and employers came together to explore, assess and celebrate the sports projects that are benefitting the local community at Southampton Solent University’s  fourth annual Coaching Innovation Symposium last night (Thursday 30 April).

Through the Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP), Solent sports students develop innovative coaching projects – using sport, coaching or physical activity to engage communities, improve lives and address social issues.

Since its inception in 2012, CIP students have delivered more than 100 pioneering projects to over 1,000 beneficiaries from local schools, hard-to-reach groups, the elderly population, sports clubs and youth groups.

Students were on hand to discuss their projects with employers, community groups, academics and other students. This year’s projects will benefit a wide cross-section of the community from the very young to the more mature, as well as those with language, learning and physical disabilities.

As well as helping with stress and flexibility, ‘Parties with Pilates’ aims to help issues of loneliness and  isolation for the over 60s. While ‘The Next Step’ looks at ways to smooth the transition from primary to secondary school through team-building and fun activities using year sevens as mentors for year six pupils.

‘LIFE’ looks at improving basic social skills for people with moderate learning disabilities through a variety of sporting activities. As well as helping cancer patients in remission back into a physical and working environment, ‘Hands In For All’ aims to help rebuild confidence through a series of sports, CV and confidence-building workshops.


While ‘The Leap’ aims to get more  11-16 year old girls interested in sporting activities by increasing participation and confidence through peer-led mentoring and leadership of sporting activities that the groups want to try.

At the event welcome, Senior Lecturer and CIP Director, Kevin Harris, spoke of the impact the projects are having on both the city and the students: “Whether you’re representing a community, team or school, a quick glance at this year’s CIP projects make it clear that Southampton Solent students are playing a significant and crucial role in sport and physical activity in the city.”

He went on to say: “It’s not just the volunteering that the students benefit from. Having the opportunity to put theory into practice on real-world projects enhances their skills and provides the valuable experience that employers look for.”


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