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Students Changing lives with Sport

Children from The Crescent Academy in Meir were presented with certificates for hard work, following the completion of a 4-week exercise and fitness programme, delivered by Buxton & Leek College.

The year 6 special educational needs children from The Crescent Academy in Meir completed the module: ‘Exercise for Specific Groups’, delivered by the College’s Level 3 BTEC Sports Coaching students.

Dan Tapley, Sports Lecturer who organised the module said:

“The children from Crescent Academy, Meir have taken part in a number of exercise classes such as circuit training and various fun and games to get them more active and enjoying physical activity.”

“This module has been great work experience for our College students as it prepares them for roles in personal training, instruction and exercise referral work for employers like the NHS. Working with Special Education needs children has developed our student’s communication, coaching and leadership skills.”

Tom Johnson an Inclusion Support Assistant from Crescent Academy Primary School agreed that the module had got the children more active:

“It’s a great opportunity for the children to learn some new activities, get involved and have a break from normal lessons to learn in a different way. They’ve built teamwork skills and are having fun, using their bodies and physical intelligence.”


“The children are more confident since they have been coming here they have been trying out more sports activities when they get back to school. At dinner times they play more football get involved running around more. It’s really made them shine.”


Buxton & Leek College Operations Manager Tina Lancaster said:


“This was a great College project, the impact that the weekly sessions have had on these young people with special educational needs has been significant. Certificates the children received at the sports day are being shown off very proudly amongst their peers – they now feel they can engage in sporting activities at school which before now, they shied away from.”


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