Sport Cardiff invited pupils from Llanedeyrn Primary School to get active at Cardiff Metropolitan University in aid of Sport Relief this week.
The activity week, which was held at the university's Cyncoed campus, saw pupils from year one to six take part in a range of sports activities over the course of three mornings. The activities were coordinated by the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences with the help from the university's sport leads and student volunteers, and included sports such as volleyball, gymnastics, basketball and tennis.
The activity week forms part of Sport Cardiff's outreach programme in partnership with Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. The aim of the activity week is to give pupils from all backgrounds the experience of using first-class facilities like Cardiff Met's.
Pupils from the school also had the opportunity to film their experiences throughout the day and edit the footage to produce a film using their iPads.
Speaking about the event, Owen Rodgers, Director of Sport at Cardiff Met, said: "It is great to be able to hold events like this to give pupils from different backgrounds quality opportunities that they may not have been offered before. As a University, we have always made it a key priority to reach out to local schools, such as Llanderyn Primary, and support their education and fitness; we believe it is important to help engage children in sport, to inspire them and raise their aspirations. While projects such as this provide a great experience for pupils, they also offer an extremely valuable opportunity for growth and learning for our own students, as well as enabling them to impart their own experience and knowledge to the next generation.
"We hope that by taking part in our activity week, pupils from Llanedeyrn Primary will be encouraged to pursue more physical activities and will hopefully be inspired to apply to study at our university in the future."
This event is the second of its kind that Sport Cardiff has held this academic year, with the first being held before Christmas with All Saints School at the Cyncoed campus. The plan is to roll out similar activity weeks with five more schools around Cardiff in the next three months, which will be in partnership with Mark Samuels, the National Governing Body Qualification Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Met.
After the successful roll out of the activity weeks, the long-term plan is to run these on a weekly basis, so that both students and the local community receive an ongoing positive, nurturing and supportive experience each week from Cardiff Met.
Sport Cardiff is a Joint Venture Agreement between Cardiff Metropolitan University and City of Cardiff Council. Sport Cardiff's mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Cardiff by delivering a range of quality sporting opportunities.
The agreement has been backed by Sport Wales and provides a timely boost to the resources available to further develop sport in the Welsh capital.
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