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University names student winners

Dozens of young people who have given free time to run groups, coaching sessions and support services in Battersea, Southfields, Roehampton and around the world have been recognised at the University’s Roehampton Awards and Life Routes project.

Posted: 30 May 2014

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Rhiannon Bailey and Bestan Addullah at the awards ceremony

Students at the University of Roehampton took part in the annual Roehampton Awards ceremony and were thanked for their voluntary work in the community. Others who have excelled in on-campus groups, or who have achieved personal successes were also rewarded.

In total, 72 students were presented with awards at the event which was hosted by Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University. A speech was given by Andy Smith, Chief Executive of Regenerate, the Alton Estate-based charity which is dedicated to transforming the lives of local young people.

After the event, Professor O’Prey said: “The successes we have seen at these awards are a great example of how the University and the community together can play a key role in developing caring and responsible young people.

“Young people and their families have benefited, and our students have developed leadership, team work and organisational skills which will stand them in good stead when they start work. I would like to add my thanks to all of the people who have taken part in these activities.

“We have also recognised students who have helped each other to improve their experience of being at university, by running clubs and student societies. At Roehampton we place a great emphasis on supporting our students to become well rounded graduates with extra-curricular skills that employers value, as well as excellent degrees.”

Among the award winners were:

Rhiannon Bailey (Classical Civilisation), Lianne-Blue Hodgkins (Drama, Theatre and Performance), Carla Freitas Teixeira (Humanities, Theology and Religious Studies/Philosophy) and Bestan Mahmud Addullah (Marketing and Multimedia), who have volunteered at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in Southfields. They have helped local children learn to play instruments and organised a performance to show off their new skills.

Education students Raphael Campbell, and Hope Dear who coached multi-sports sessions including cricket in Battersea Park and Claygate with young people. They have helped to improve their skills and organised matches, as well as working with them to review their performance, team work and to develop problem-solving skills.

Charlie Scott and Matthew Jarosy, who are both studying Sports Science, have provided tennis skills coaching at Regenerate, working with children and teenagers from the Alton Estate, in an area where there is currently little youth provision.

Education students Danny Lee, Darren Tomlin, Ben Shore, John Carroll, Brooke Tidman and Daniel Ollivierra, who have provided football training to 11-16 year olds as part of the Rootz Fieldway and Network Sports Coaching projects at the Timebridge Youth Centre in New Addington, Croydon. Their work has included promoting physical activity, team work and problem solving skills.

Alice Kolandjian, an English PhD student has been volunteering with youths through an international Armenian Scouting organisation. She teaches an assortment of lessons as well as providing educational activities including First Aid techniques, giving them essential skills they can use throughout their lives.

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