Former international badminton star Jenny Wallwork offered advice and guidance this week for the Trust’s NCS students from Blackburn College’s HSW and childcare courses.
Wallwork, who is a mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, spoke to the students about a wide range of topics including her pathway to success in the racket sport, which saw her collect a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The 31-year-old’s visit to Ewood Park has been just one part of a busy schedule for the NCS students over the past couple of weeks.
Last week, the team travelled Kepplewray Centre in the Lake District for NCS Phase 1, which lasted three days. The teenagers participated in a number of activities from rock climbing to setting up camp for three nights.
The students returned to Lancashire just in time for Phase 2 to get involved in some engaging and worthwhile sessions including Barclays Life Skills, Activ8 Self Defence, British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart training and a visit from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
The final phase of their NCS programme, Phase 3, is now underway as the young people will go into the local community and deliver their planned social action project prior to graduation in May.
Following her visit to Ewood Park, Wallwork had a lot of positive things to say about Blackburn Rovers Community Trust. She said: “The group I met were great and they were really enthusiastic. It is always nice to work on the NCS programme and it is great to see the group getting so much out of the experience.
“I spent my time working with the group on their social action project planning and telling my own story about my sporting achievements and the ups and downs I have through and how I responded.
“It has been nice to see the group throw themselves into their activities and ask lots of different questions. The staff were very welcoming and it is fantastic to see the young people taking advantage of this opportunity. They are using NCS to move forward and hopefully now they will have a positive impact in the community.”
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