College pilots multi-sport ‘fusion x’

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 10, 2013 09:35

College pilots multi-sport ‘fusion x’

Satellite eventA college in Birmingham is pioneering a multi-sport National Lottery-funded project designed to get more children involved with their local golf clubs.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Birmingham is the host of the pilot for ‘fusion x’, which offers 14-to-16-year-old pupils the chance to take part in hockey, basketball, lacrosse, table tennis and golf. It is thought that some children who would not otherwise have tried golf will be encouraged to if it forms part of a multi-sport activity.

Local clubs that offer one of any of the five of the sports are invited to provide coaching and equipment, and the participants are encouraged to get involved with those clubs if they enjoy the sports.

Part of Sport England’s Satellite Clubs programme, and backed by £6,500 of National Lottery funding, the project aims to create a multi-sport community club at the school.

If successful, the pilot will be rolled out nationwide.

Jason Sorrell, regional development officer for the Golf Foundation in the West Midlands, who has played a leading role in helping to set up and coordinate the project, said: “Sport England were encouraging and supportive from the start and representatives from all five sports have embraced this project. England Hockey, England Basketball, English Lacrosse and the English Table Tennis Association all deserve great credit. This has been very much a joint effort from the word go.

“The really exciting thing for us is we believe many new youngsters will try golf as part of the multi-sport approach; boys and girls who may otherwise never try golf. This is important to help us to grow the game.”

Sport England director of community sport, Mike Diaper, added: “It is great to see five sports working together with Bishop Challoner Catholic College to create a brand new multi-sport satellite club where young people can come and try out a range of sports under one roof. Our Satellite Clubs programme is all about creating new and appealing opportunities to help young people make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”



Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 10, 2013 09:35
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