Students to kick off coaching festival

Students will be taking inspiration from England Manager Roy Hodgson when they take part in a football coaching festival at the University of Wolverhampton.

The first year students will be running the festival for around 40 adults with learning disabilities at the Walsall Campus on Friday, 19 October 2012.

Organised with Wolverhampton City Council, the participants are from across the Black Country and have been invited to take part in coaching sessions planned and delivered by the 35 students.

The festival forms part of a leadership qualification the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching students are doing in addition to their degree programme, which will culminate in them running a football tournament in January 2013.

Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, Hannah Dingley, said: “The Paralympics has been fantastic for disability sport and hopefully we can build on that buzz and help get more adults with learning difficulties participating regularly.”

At the beginning of term, the students joined some of the adults with learning difficulties they will be working with at the festival on a four mile health walk organised by the local NHS Trust.

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