New partnership sparks volunteering opportunities
Sport and Physical Activity (SPA) has been working with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation (LRF) to develop new volunteering opportunities.
The new partnership has been created to expand the number of volunteer programmes available to our students, with staff also being involved. It will look to build on new experiences to work with schools, the wider community and performance sport.
Head of SPA, Suzanne Glavin, said: We are hopeful this pilot will be very successful and allow us to continually expand the programme.
Our ambition is to have up to 300 students as part of this partnership. We would love to see students volunteering across Leeds on a range of different projects to benefit the wider community.
The following projects are being piloted in 2018/19:
Working with the LRF schools programme, SPA will be training and sending 15 students to help assist in schools. Volunteers will come from clubs and societies and will work alongside a designated LRF schools cluster coach. Through working alongside a qualified coach, volunteers will develop their skills and also bring their own sport to primary schools in Leeds.
Head of Community and Engagement at LRF, Gareth Cook, said: We are delighted to be working with the University on these projects. Our work in schools now reaches more than 100 schools, so the support from students will be extremely valuable.
Last year, we launched our Physical Disability Rugby League team, which was a huge success, and, in the next year, we expect more people to get involved and more fixtures for the team. To have a team of volunteers focussing on their strength and conditioning (S&C) will be a great resource for the team.
A number of our colleagues will work alongside the students to help develop the squad. They will be assisting the Rhinos training and helping players prepare for their upcoming season.
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