Hereward College News

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Hereward College Volunteers for the Coventry Half Marathon 2011

The annual Coventry Half Marathon and Mile event returned to the streets of Coventry on 2 October 2011. A group of students and staff from Hereward College volunteered to support the running of a water station in the marathon.  The students were required to set up the station and ensure that water was readily available for over 1700 runners. 

Chris Clough, a representative from the ‘Voluntary Action Coventry’ team had the following to say:

“Voluntary Action Coventry helped recruit volunteers on behalf of Big Q Events, who depend on hundreds of volunteers to make this event a safe, successful and enjoyable day for everyone. The volunteers are the people who make this event possible and we need enthusiastic people to help out in various roles on the race day, so the support offered by Hereward College students and staff was highly appreciated”

The students’ task was made even more important due to the above average temperatures for the time of year. The students from Hereward College, all with learning and social/emotional difficulties showed excellent teamwork skills and were able to enthuse and motivate runners in addition to providing essential water. The college students are all studying sports qualifications and this is one of many events where they have volunteered and made a positive contribution within their local communities.


"I enjoyed communicating with the runners and encouraged them to keep going" (Matthew Arnold, BTEC level 2 Diploma in Sport)

"I could do it all over again, I loved it!  It helped me be more confident and talkative as I am usually quiet and shy" (Jamie Banks, Entry 3 Diploma in vocational studies, Sport & Active Leisure)

"I enjoyed meeting new people and loved encouraging the runners to help them get through the race, it was all-round great fun!" (Caroline Day, Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership)

Team Leader of PE at Hereward College Andrew Commander Said:
  “Leadership and volunteering is a major part of the physical education department at Hereward College and is a great way of developing essential life and employability skills for young people”

The spirit of the day was capsulated by the image below, were Hereward College sports lecturer Mark Harding who ran the half marathon, arrived at the water station. Mark was running in the event as a sponsor for MENCAP (Mental Handicap Association) and had the following to say:


‘During the run I was reminded of the reasons why working at Hereward is great. I dedicate lots of my working hours to developing good relationships with students and the smiles captured in this photo really show the pride we all take in each other’s achievements. I was running for Mencap and seeing the Hereward students volunteering for such a great event added even more satisfaction to the achievement.’

The water station at Hawks end village was also supported by John Taaffe (Volunteer co-ordinator at Coventry city council) who supported various other volunteers from the local area including young people from the goodies in hoodies project and local children’s homes.  John said “the students were a credit to themselves and the College, demonstrating excellent leadership, initiative, enthusiasm and commitment throughout the event”

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1 comment:

  1. Well done Andy, Mark and the team - it looks like a win-win day out for 'team Hereward'. Well done.

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