Hereward College News

Friday, 20 September 2013

Hereward Hosts Lessons for Lassies


Hereward College was the venue for an unusual group of learners last weekend – over 20 guests from the Charity Dog Aid were accompanied by their canine companions.  Staying at Hereward for a long weekend the group enjoyed the superb new specialist facilities and accommodation in The Lodge and also had an opportunity to swap experiences during breaks from the intensive training.  The diligent dogs arrived in Coventry to receive specialist training to supports their disabled owners in every-day tasks, and eventually become qualified Assistance Dogs.  The training included a range of tasks from emptying the washing machine, to carrying small shopping items and transforms the pet from “man’s best friend” to an indispensable independent living aid.

Dog Aid Chair, Sandra Fraser said: “The facilities at Hereward were second to none, and the dogs have certainly progressed well all learning a range of new skills to support their owners in independent living.”

Jon Clugston, Vice Principal added: “We are delighted to work with Dog Aid, and see Hereward supporting so many disabled individuals and their wonderful pets.  The work done by this charity is incredible, and it was an amazing opportunity for us to see the training in action.”

Meanwhile Hereward is keen to welcome groups to The Lodge for residential and day activities and is open for those with and without disabilities.  If you would like to find out more about this service contact Alice Davey, Business Development Manager at Hereward on 024 7642 6141 or email alice.davey@hereward.ac.uk.

Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college. www.hereward.ac.uk

Dog Aid is a registered charity formed in 1992, that aims to empower the less able; by supplying the pet dog owner with a trainer to help give them the knowledge and skills to turn their pet dog into a qualified Assistance Dog.  Dog A.I.D. is accredited by the National and International umbrella groups which uphold the high standards required for Assistance Dog training.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Paralympian Star Visits Hereward College


Hereward College welcomes a visitor to launch the new lunchtime Boccia club this week. Nigel Murray, one of the most successful Paralympian’s of all time visited the college on Tuesday 17th September 2013 to launch the new activity. The regular lunchtime club will form the basis of the Hereward Team who will be participating in events throughout the year.
Nigel Murray MBE, is a local lad born in Leamington Spa, who training in Warwick, and is Britain’s most successful Boccia player ever. His impressive medal haul includes: two gold; one silver; and one bronze medal from four Olympic Games appearances spanning a 12 year period from the year 2000 right up to the 2012 London Games. He is the fifth most successful Boccia player of all time.

Mark Harding, curriculum lead for sport at Hereward said: “It is an honour to welcome such an inspirational role model to Hereward, the response from our students has been incredible. This adds a new dimension to our impressive array of enrichment activities here at the College, and is played on the superb new sports hall floor completed in the Summer that has been specially lined for this sport.”

Student, Daisy Nash said: “The experience today has been amazing, I am definitely going to try to make the Boccia Team here at Hereward, and can’t wait to start competitions.”

Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a Paralympic sport introduced in 1984: it has no Olympic counterpart; athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball; It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function; it is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.





Photo: Nigel Murray with Hereward students

Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college. www.hereward.ac.uk
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