Hundreds celebrate Health and Wellbeing at the College

Recently Over 800 students  took part in Cirencester College’s annual Health and Wellbeing week, an essential part of the College tutorial programme.

Cycling, climbing, fencing and powerchair football were just some of the physical activities supported by Sport England’s ‘Tackling Inactivity In Colleges’ funding.

As part of the week some students focussed on mental wellbeing, through events including yoga, graffiti, self-defense and nutrition workshops.

A massive congratulations to Elijah and Lizzie who helped raise £293 for charity by scaling the event’s climbing wall an incredible one hundred times between them.  The pair formed part of a wider group of students and staff who reached the incredible height of 5089 metres – the equivalent to climbing Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Money raised will be split between the two charities Southwest Hospice and Optimism in Autism.

Sport students were also successful, organising a 24-hour charity cycle that saw participants travel the collective distance of Greenland at 3000 kilometres. Prizes were awarded to those who travelled the furthest in an hour, with ‘Best Team’ going to Revolutions, David Bell (Best Individual Male), and Tash Bailey (Best Individual Female).  Other participants doing particularly well were Jacques Coates (300km), Luke Rodgers (274km) and Harrison Woodcock (150km).

Sports Lecturer Dan Wixey, who supported the charity cycle ride, congratulated students and staff: “The volunteers gave a superb effort and showed real commitment to the cause. I’d especially like to thank students who volunteered their time through the night and kept the wheels spinning!”

The most popular activity of the week was the smoothie bike challenge, where students and staff pedalled tenaciously to see how far they travelled in just 30 seconds. As a result, a record 100 smoothies were given away every day to all those who took part in the challenge.

“A big thank you to everyone who was involved in making Health and Wellbeing Week a tremendous success,” said Organiser Jess Huddleston. “I’d like to thank our students and staff for giving up their time and delivering the activities with great success.”

“A special mention to staff members Dan Wixey, Hayley O’Hara, Juliet Weeramanthri and Reception for all their support and making the event run so smoothly.”

“I hope students continue to focus on their own physical and mental wellbeing during this difficult exam period and into the summer.”

For more information about this story contact izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk