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Posted 20th January 2020

College students from South Yorkshire will create opportunities for young people to be active thanks to internship opportunities provided by Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

Katy Owen, Matthew Foster (both Barnsley College) and Mason Dickinson (Sheffield College – pictured, left) will combine their studies with 10 hours per week paid work on behalf of YSF.

Each has been given a budget of £1,000 to help setup a satellite club, either within their college or the community they live in.  Satellite clubs help bridge the gap between school, college and community sport.

Satellite clubs make it easier for young people to get active – and stay active. They provide opportunities to take part regularly in sport and physical activity through the creation of enjoyable, appealing and convenient opportunities for young people based around their needs.

The students will be provided with CPD opportunities and mentored by YSF Development Officer, Kendle Hardisty (pictured, right), to give them hands on experience of working in the sport and physical activity sector.

It’s the continuation of an initiative started by the South Yorkshire Further Education network, which provided students with the opportunity to play a leading role in organising College Games events.  These were multi-sport events designed to provide opportunities to play sport for those not in college sports teams.

Debra Cummins, Development Manager for Children and Young People at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Katy, Matthew and Mason to gain real world experience that links to their studies, and provide more opportunities for people to be active in their college or community.

“Satellite clubs are designed so that they respond to the specific demands for sport from young people, and all three are perfectly placed to engage with their peers and create opportunities to be active.”

All three will be keeping us up-to-date with what they’re up to throughout their internship.

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