The School of Sport Science & Physical Activity at the University of Bedfordshire hosted a Physical Activity Day in association with the charity SHINE (Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking, Equality) on Sunday 7th July 2019.
Dr Andrew Mitchell, Dr Daniel Bailey, Dr Angel Chater and Dr Louise Croft from the University gave lectures on behaviour change, reducing sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and hosted a Q&A session for attendees to provide answers and advice for all their questions surrounding physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.
The event was supported by postgraduate research student Rachael Champion and a number of current and former undergraduate students from the School of Sport Science & Physical Activity.
Visitors were also able to try frame football, plus other activities such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair cheerleading which were led by University of Bedfordshire Sport Science & Physical Activity students.
The activities were held in the University’s Sports Hall, dance studio and Hub on the Bedford Campus
Over 100 visitors turned up from around the country to take part in the day.
One attendee said: “The young people that were present were an absolute inspiration”.
Dr Andrew Mitchell Head of School of Sport Science and Physical Activity said, “It was our pleasure to host this event with so many visitors on campus throughout the day.
“Numerous parents told me that this was the first opportunity their child had to try wheelchair basketball and cheerleading or frame football and their able bodied siblings and parents also had a try, which was great to see.
“I have had lots of great feedback saying that the team of academics and students were inspiring, insightful and approachable.
"As someone living with Spina Bifida, it was a very proud moment for me as Head of School and I have no doubt that as a team, albeit small, we made a real impact on these families and that was my goal.
"A big thank you to my team for their time, expertise, compassion and professionalism.”
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