Wiltshire College is celebrating 10 years since it partnered with a Salisbury leisure centre to deliver sport and public services to students.
More than 800 students have passed through the doors of Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre since the partnership began in 2008 and to mark the occasion Wiltshire College Principal Amanda Burnside met with students and leisure centre bosses and enjoyed a tour of the facilities.
Amanda said: “We are delighted to make the anniversary of our partnership with Five Rivers.
“Students studying Sport and Public Services studying with us not only have the chance to access a wide range of sports and facilities but also gain real life experience of working in the industry.”
Dan Racey is Deputy Head of Sport for the College.
He said: “The kit and equipment the students have access to for practical sessions is some of the best in the industry.
“They are also learning within the environment that they will progress into and benefit from current information and experiences from leisure centre instructors and staff.
“It has been fantastic to see many of our students undertake extra qualifications to become lifeguards and go on to work for the leisure centre; it is wonderful to see their progression.
“I have personally been teaching sport with the College for nine of the 10 years and have enjoyed the opportunities we have been able to give our students and continuing to grow the provision.
“It isn’t just our Salisbury students who benefit from this kind of partnership.
“We have growing use of Springfield Health and Wellbeing Centre as well as Tisbury Sports Centre, Devizes Leisure Centre and work closely with a number of departments within Wiltshire Council including the sports development team.”
John Thomson, is Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure.
He added: “We have enjoyed a long-standing, positive and mutually beneficial relationship with Wiltshire College, which I am sure will continue for many years.
“We’re delighted that many students use our leisure facilities and as a result are leading healthier lives.
“We are also pleased that some of these young people choose Wiltshire Council, and in particular our leisure centres, as their place for work experience or as their work and future career choice.
“It is always good to have young people engaged and supporting the delivery of these services, which have such a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”