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Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust (NBLT) have gained accreditation from the Children’s University as a Learning Destination for the sites at Bedworth Leisure Centre, Pingles Leisure Centre and Etone Sports Centre as well as the Sport and Recreation team that go out into Schools and teach exciting and innovative sports.
Pupils throughout Nuneaton and Bedworth can gain recognition for their participation in after school sports clubs through The Children's University, a national organisation that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. The Children’s University celebrates achievement and rewards participation through certificates.
Raising children's aspirations is one of the main aims of the Children’s University and they aim to develop the understanding that learning can be the satellite navigation to better places in life!
'Learning Destinations' are places and organisations which provide high quality learning opportunities and activities, validated by the Children’s University. Here the Children’s University students can get their 'Passport To Learning' stamped which in turn will lead to the award of National Certificates.
Many children will not have encountered a University environment and many will not imagine that they might one day belong there. To make this real to children, to help them to see that such opportunities are within their grasp, the main celebration of achievement takes the form of award ceremonies in or with a University or Further Education institution near to the children’s homes, attended by parents, family and friends.
At these ceremonies, children are presented with national certificates that recognise their participation in Children’s University activities. These certificates are awarded on the basis of hours of attendance so that they can be gained by all children irrespective of ability.
Importantly, the certification follows the same pattern nationally, giving a real currency to the children’s work. At the same time, it provides a clear record of participation on a cumulative basis that is useful to schools in monitoring children’s out of school learning and helps to identify and evaluate the extent of children’s involvement.
“Janet Stubbs Chair of NBLT and Councillor Ian Lloyd Cabinet Member for Art and Leisure at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Ccouncil are pleased that local school children can now take advantage of sports activities being accredited as part of the Children’s University programme. This further enhances opportunities for children of Nuneaton and Bedworth to sign up for the Children’s University and get fit and learn a sport or activity whilst completing the programme”.
Picture - Left to right. Mr R Phillips - Head Teacher, Janet Stubbs - Chair of NBLT, Leron Barker - NBLT Coach, Carolyn Lloyd - Childrens University Manager, Stu Gealy - NBLT Youth Community & Schools Manager, Cllr Ian Lloyd - Cabinet Member for Arts & Leisure. Picture by Abbie Stevens - NBLT Photographer