Hereward College wins special visit from British Olympic star

Hereward College in Coventry will receive a special visit from Team GB’s Handball captain Bobby White after winning an Active Colleges competition.

Active Colleges is Sport England’s £25 million National Lottery fund which aims to help more college students play sport. It looks to encourage an increase in regular participation (at least 30 minutes per week) in sport by further education students across the country.

Hereward College won a visit from Bobby White after submitting a story to Sport England. Their outstanding project saw students take part in games featured in London 2012, but specially adapted to suit a variety of abilities, encouraging more of their students to take up sport .

Bobby is one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions – a team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012.

In his capacity as a Sporting Champion, Bobby hopes he can use the inspiring memories of London 2012 to help the young people at Hereward College maintain their interest in sport for life.

Bobby White said:

“I’m really looking forward to vi siting Hereward College as part of the Active Colleges programme after they submitted a fantastic entry to win this competition.”

“The aim of Active Colleges is to increase the number of students in FE Colleges regularly taking part in sport, so it is something I’m very passionate about.”

“I’m hopeful that by using the Olympic and Paralympic legacy from London 2012, and through my experiences in competing at an elite level, I can inspire all the young people in attendance to sustain their sports participation.”

Sport England’s Head of Further Education Katie Mit chell said:

“The Active Colleges programme is designed to help students, who wouldn’t naturally consider themselves ‘sporty’, find and enjoy activities while they are at college.”

“Sporting Champion visits will help further motivate and inspire these students by nurturing their enthusiasm and passion for sport, while ensuring Active Colleges is as successful as possible.”

Hereward College students will meet Bobby on Thursday 21 st November.