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Paul Hannaford IMG 0208Award-winning mentor and speaker Paul Hannaford gave a hard-hitting talk to students as part of Uxbridge College’s commitment to helping young people stay safe.

Paul’s presentation to around 2,000 students, organised in line with the Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy and the Mayor of London’s Knife Crime Strategy, is part of the college’s ongoing programme of talks and activities to support young people’s employability and life skills and to maintain their safety.

Paul tours schools and colleges with his presentation, which cautions young people against the risks associated with carrying weapons and drug use. He explained the consequences of carrying knives, including unplanned usage, tragic, unavoidable deaths, and long jail sentences. Students also learn more about the relevant laws around knife carrying in compulsory college tutorial sessions.

Liam Plumridge, Course Team Leader for Employability, Progress and Review, who organised the visit, said: “Paul gave an inspiring talk which really made students think. Tragically, and as we all know, knife crime is on the increase, with a shocking number of young people continuing to lose their lives because of it. We pride ourselves on having a safe college and are committed to doing all we can to support this going forward and to equip our students to feel as safe as possible both inside and outside college.”

Paul Hannaford has given his talk to around 400,000 young people and won a number of awards for his campaigning work.

This Girl Can 2019 IMG 9767International Athlete Chelsea Alagoa and Sports Therapist Kaydene Parker headlined an inspiring day of talks and activities for local secondary school students as part of the This Girl Can campaign at Uxbridge College.

During 2019’s This Girl Can event at Uxbridge College, part of the national campaign to get more women exercising, Chelsea and Kaydene spoke to sixty students from six local high schools about their own sporting careers and passions.

Chelsea (pictured with the students) is a former member of the GB Bobsleigh Team and medal winning guide runner for international para-athletes and now plays basketball for Brunel University London. She encouraged the girls to make the most of every sporting opportunity that crosses their path and to take part for the pure enjoyment of being active.

Kaydene is a former Uxbridge College student, who qualified as a Sports Therapist at University of East London and now works in the role of Sports Academies Coordinator for the college’s Football, Basketball, Netball and Cricket teams as well as in private practice with Thames Valley Cavaliers National Basketball Club.

The day included a series of sporting activities, aiming to evoke excitement about participating in an active lifestyle, including: Tchoukball, Quidditch, UV Table Tennis, Aerobics, Danish Longball and Netball Shooting. There were also educational activities run surrounding: Body Perceptions, Biomechanics and Exercising at Home.

The Netball Shooting activity was run by Uxbridge College’s This Girl Can Student Ambassadors, who were eager to spread the word about the importance of sport and the many opportunities in the sector for girls their age.

Ellie Newman, Course Team Leader for Sport, who led the event at Uxbridge College, said: “This was another really successful event - our two guest speakers were a real inspiration. It was also great to have students from in and around the borough on site to make use of the enthusiasm of our staff, as well as the fantastic facilities we have on site, including our full size professional basketball court which we use for a wide range of sports. We hope the day will inspire more of the girls to take part in regular exercise and to consider studying or working in the thriving sports industry or even becoming professional sportswomen!”

This Girl Can events have been running at Uxbridge College since 2015 and continue to bring healthy and enjoyable sports participation to the forefront of the next generation’s mind.

The students who participated were from the following schools: Ealing Fields High, Drayton Manor High, Vyners, Uxbridge High, Parkside Studio and Rooks Heath.

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Chelsea lads 1200px DSC 0035Two Uxbridge College Football Development Centre students have been selected for the Chelsea Under 19 College Representative Squad - with Chelsea Academy scouts keeping an eye on their performance.

Majid Niknezhad and Jermaine Francis were selected after a successful trial at Cobham Training Ground and have started playing in inter-college matches with other representative teams.

Laura Kaminski, Head Football Coach for Uxbridge College Football Academy, said: “We’re really proud of Majid and Jermaine, it’s a real achievement to be selected for Chelsea Under 19 College Representative Squad and potentially a fantastic opportunity to move towards professional football. We wish both boys a successful venture as they aim for the Academy Side with the Blues.”

The Chelsea team played Crystal Palace U19 Representative Squad at Cobham and lost 3-2. The team will return for another fixture in the next few weeks.

Talented players from the club’s college representative teams may get the chance to play for the prestigious Chelsea Academy.

Players in Uxbridge College’s Football Development Centre are chosen through trials and receive extra training and coaching and a chance to play in college leagues, whilst studying full-time at college. The development centre is run in collaboration with Chelsea FC Foundation.

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