More than 350 staff and students from colleges across South Yorkshire took part in the first ever ‘Colour Smash event to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hosted at Dearne Valley College last Friday (18 October), the event brought together people from Barnsley College, Sheffield College, and Rotherham College to make their way around a 700 metre course while getting covered in paint.
Organised by Yorkshire Sport Foundation, it was the first Colour Smash event aimed at encouraging more students to get active. Teenage Cancer Trust was the charity chosen in consultation with students, with many affected by cancer either directly or indirectly.
It is hoped the event will raise around £1,000.
“The Yorkshire Sport Foundation vision to enable the South Yorkshire College FE network to co-ordinate and cooperate to pull together this Colour Smash -aimed at widening participation – was an out-and-out success,” said Amanda Sowerby, Physical Activity & Sport Co-ordinator at Barnsley College.
“More than 80 Barnsley College students from all walks of life-Travel & Tourism, Public Services, Child Care, Sport, Sixth Form College and participated in this fun filled, action packed ‘colourful day’.
“We managed to raise £300 for the charity and open the eyes of those students less likely to be active to the benefits of exercise.”
“It was a great way to end the week,” said Callum, a student at Sheffield College.
“It was fun and something different and an amazing cause. My family have been hit with Cancer, so it was great to raise awareness and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Debra Cummins, Development Manager for Children and Young People at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, added: “It’s fantastic that staff and students from colleges across South Yorkshire came together to raise money for such a fantastic cause. The Teenage Cancer Trust was the charity chosen by the students, and we hope tomorrow raises money for the charity and even greater awareness of what they do.
“For us at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, it’s great to provide an opportunity for over 300 people to get out of the classroom, have fun being active and celebrate Love our Colleges week.
“We know the students on sports courses are generally active, but it was really encouraging to see a lot of students from other courses taking part, particularly girls. Research tells us that there is a gender gap in terms of activity levels, and we hope events like this can help them enjoy being active.”