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Sports & Media Inspiring Life-changing Experiences
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Sports & Media Inspiring Life-changing Experiences (SMILE) project is relevant to bringing about change through the provision of work-based (knowledge) and life-skill (social) experiences outside of normal considerations and environments. Twenty Eight selected participants from socially-deprived areas will undertake a 16-day placement with Malta's leading sports provider, Luxol Sports Club, and engage in a series of activities to support their development. The intention of this project is to target those that would benefit most from a life-changing mobility experience particularly those considered with fewer opportunities within the Pontefract and sub-district areas. The vocational aspect of the project mainly focuses on sport which in turn allows for a greater proportion of young people that have entered further education via a lower academic gateway further allowing a considered approach to those that would benefit most from the project. Sport is also a useful tool for engaging cross sector disciplines and the combination of Sport coupled with Media offers a balanced method to ensuring that a fair student representation from New College Pontefract are involved in the project. The programme will involve participants delivering sports activities across the sports development continuum involving schools, colleges, community, clubs and academies from grass-roots to elite performers. Equally, the inclusion of Media participants will support their learning by documenting the activities in addition to undertaking a social action activity relating to Luxol Sports Club's community programme. Opportunities to increase participants' educational and social development will be offered through volunteering, registering and signing up to recreational programmes which in turn will provide additional certification and life-based learning working on behalf of Luxol Sports Club's community programming for disadvantagedness. A strong college project management team is in place to oversee the transparency of the recruitment process, support with the delivery of effective preparatory sessions and work alongside its host partners during the mobility placement period. To support this experienced accompanying college staff members will help monitor participants as they work through their placement, and both the sending and receiving partners will cooperate in validating both vocational and life-skill learning in organised and informal settings.It is anticipated that the mobility participants will benefit greatly in terms of their personal 'distance' travelled and in particular the growth in relation to improved confidence, self-esteem and achievement in successfully contributing to a mobility project in addition to securing well-earned credits and certification within a European learning context. The impact on participants will affect their critical thinking about European issues, provide a clearer understanding on employability and sectors within their vocations and bring about a more informed individual when considering career or educational pathways. The journey taken by the participants and accounts relating to their experiences will contribute to the College's planning for internationalisation and its engagement with strategic partners in Europe, embedding mobility within its delivery framework. The commitment and continuation toward the mobility of students will significantly contribute to the college's ethos of 'inclusion' working on behalf of the young people of Pontefract and sub districts, to provide life-changing opportunities raising the aspirations of those considered with fewer opportunities particularly those residing within the most deprived areas of the District.
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