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More sports clubs and activities now available at Harlow College thanks to new Sports Enrichment Officer

Communities / Mon 17th Nov 2014 at 06:31pm

By Siobhan Wood

Photo courtesy of Harlow College.

FOOTBALL and netball clubs are available for the first time to female Harlow College students, along with other physical activities for both sexes set up by the new Sports Enrichment Officer.

Jack Taylor, 21, of Bishop’s Stortford, is in the newly created role funded by Sport England to encourage students to get involved in one 30-minute session of physical activity a week.

Sport England is investing £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding into community sports to help people develop a lifelong sporting habit.

Since starting at Harlow College in September Mr Taylor has added many activities to the football and rugby team already in place.

Students can now try out dodgeball, badminton, table tennis, and female football and netball.

There are also plans in place for Zumba and dance clubs and for activities to run at lunchtime.

Mr Taylor said: “My role at Harlow College is to try and inspire all students to get involved with sport and physical activity.

“Whatever their age, gender or disability my aim is to find an accessible route into sports activities.

“This could mean just joining a walking or Zumba club so it’s physical activity and not the competitive side.

“Sport England would also like me to make routes and links into local sports teams outside of College, even if it’s progressing from joining a club or activity with me to going to a gym on their own once a week.”

Before the Sports Enrichment Officer was appointed Harlow College did not offer any sports clubs for females and the new netball club has proved popular.

Sky Mulvey, 16, of Old Harlow, who is studying Public Services at Harlow College said: “I joined the netball team and helped create it as I play at regional level outside of school and love the sport.

“There are not many opportunities for girls to get into sport but netball has had a really good turn out and everyone is enjoying it.

“Netball is one sport a lot of girls actually enjoy and like to participate in.

“So far the netball has been a great success and it is thoroughly enjoyable.”

All of the College’s sports teams will be encouraged to take part in regional competitions.

Mr Taylor said: “My long term goal is to have the clubs in College competing in the Essex leagues.

“At the moment we just have rugby and football but I want all sports and for both genders as well.”

The sports activities on offer at the College are an opportunity for students to mix with different people and gain experience in leadership and teamwork.

Mr Taylor said: “I’m looking to put responsibility on the sports teams’ captains and stepping back to just guide them and feed them with information.

“The captain can take the responsibility of keeping the team in check, which in the long run will look so good on their CVs.”

Mr Taylor is from the Isle of Wight and studied Sports Studies at Southampton Solent University.

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