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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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DSC 0148Students from Brunel University London and Uxbridge College made annual Good Deeds Day 2019 a fantastic success with a wide range of voluntary fundraising activities in and around Uxbridge town centre.

From free manicures, to dance and music entertainment, to running a tea dance and providing support to older users of technology, the student volunteers made life easier for their community for a few hours and raised money for the Mayor of Hillingdon’s charities. Mayor Councillor John Morgan, accompanied on this occasion by his Escort Pauline Bianco, was guest of honour, and money raised went into his Charity Appeal. Professor William Leahy, Brunel’s Vice Provost for Students, Staff and Civic Engagement, also attended - including getting a manicure from Uxbridge College Beauty Therapy students!

The event, which involved more than 130 student volunteers from Brunel University London and Uxbridge College, included a range of stalls and activities in The Pavilions shopping centre and intu Uxbridge, extending to Shopmobility, Uxbridge Library, the Thames Valley Hospice charity shop, St Margaret’s Church and Christchurch in and around the town centre. Volunteering activities also took place around the borough including at Dovetail Community Outreach in Hillingdon, and West Drayton Community Centre.

Volunteers from both the college and university also helped collect for the Foodbank, helped run a stall for the local children’s bereavement charity HALO, gave out balloons and refreshments, and more. Brunel students took part in a range of activities including Digital Drop-in to support older technology users at the library, stalls in the Pavilions, and a tea dance. Uxbridge College students provided free manicures in the Pavilions, gave music and dance performances, cleaned mobility scooters, helped out at DASH bingo (Disablement Association Hillingdon), and helped pack bags for customers in stores including Wilko’s and M&S.

Professor Leahy commented: “Volunteering is at the centre of the Brunel student community and our students welcome the opportunity to contribute their time, knowledge and expertise within the local Hillingdon area and beyond. It was inspiring to see the number of students who volunteered their time to help others at the Good Deeds Day event and a shining example of volunteering in action – a good deed, no matter how big or small, really can make a difference to others.”

Nancy Rawlings Brunel Volunteers and PDC Job Shop Manager said: “The annual Good Deeds Day event is extremely important as it helps to encourage, promote and support student volunteering Hillingdon. It is a celebration of community involvement and the numerous charitable activities that are supported by Brunel University London and Uxbridge College volunteers. Our thanks to our community partners, dedicated volunteers and all who helped to make Good Deeds Day 2019 possible.”

Armani Campbell, Student Support Officer – Citizenship and Volunteering Activities, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Uxbridge College students not only in terms of volunteering but to be at the heart of their community where they can make new links and help with groups they might not normally get a chance to work with. It is also very valuable for them to work with students from Brunel University London to help raise their aspirations around their options for the future.”

The Uxbridge College students who took part were from Beauty Therapy, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Foundation Studies, Media, Performing Arts, Public Services, and Travel & Tourism courses.

The Mayor’s Charity Appeal supports Peter Pan and Wendy Children's Ward at Hillingdon Hospital, the national charity Phab (Physically handicapped and able-bodied) and Grangewood School in Eastcote for children with special needs. A total of £227 was raised for the appeal.

Annual Good Deeds Day in the borough, which began in 2013, helps promote and encourage student volunteering in Hillingdon, raise awareness of the positive impact that students have in the local community and develop community relationships.

This event was organised by Brunel Volunteers at Brunel University London, Uxbridge College, The Pavilions Uxbridge, Uxbridge BID and INTU Uxbridge.

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