17 March 2020

Basketball shoot-outs, inflatable sumo wrestling, squats and burpees kept students at West Nottinghamshire College energetic while raising vital funds for Sport Relief.

The lunchtime sporting extravaganza on Friday 13 March was organised by BTEC Level 3 Business students Sandra Sroka, Holly Speed and Mable Horan as part of the event management module of their course, in partnership with Callan Kemp and Josh Levy from the Students’ Union.

Representatives from Mansfield’s DW Fitness First gym came along to encourage students to take part in their ‘High Five’ challenge, which tested their fitness levels with a series of burpees jumps and squats with weights – for a chance to win a free month’s membership at the gym, based on Portland Retail Park, Mansfield.

The more adventurous got suited up in large inflatable sumo suits to wrestle their way to victory, while others pitted their wits in the basketball shootout, to see how many balls they could get in the basket in one minute, for the chance to win vouchers for the college’s Relish bistro.

Meanwhile, a cake and bake sale of sweet treats made by catering students helped to top up the donations.

The total amount raised by the students’ charitable efforts was £138.

A special guest joined sport and public services students at the event to undertake a military-style fitness challenge.

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport reporter Jake Garner, together with his brother Joel, made the college his penultimate sporting pitstop during his 15-mile run from the station’s London Road studios in Nottingham to the One Call Stadium, home to Mansfield Town FC.

Jake and Joel stopped at the Derby Road campus, Mansfield, en route to the Stags’ home ground, where Jake scored a penalty against club mascot Sammy the Stag. Sport and public services students offered their fitness knowledge to the duo who undertook press-ups and sit-ups before setting off on the final leg of their run.

After his military challenge Jake, who is BBC Radio Nottingham’s Stags correspondent, said: “I’ve got one more stop after here and I’ve just been put through hell! It sure was a tough one but thank you to the students for their time and expertise. Today was a real test – the furthest I’ve ever run, but I’ve been happy to do it and help raise money for Sport Relief.”

Business student Mabel Horan, 16, who helped organise the event, said: “It was so good to see students getting involved in the sports, and the sumo wrestling was the most popular activity by far. It was interesting to see the background work that goes into setting up an event like this, which is very useful evidence for my event management assignment.

“It was great to work with the Students’ Union guys too and help to raise this money for Sport Relief on behalf of the college.”

Callan Kemp from the Students’ Union said: “It was fun working with the business students to get different ideas for a successful event. It was great to see all the hard work come to fruition and raise £138, which will go towards helping many people overcome tough lives and challenges.”

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