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Student volunteers help local primary school children develop key life skills

For nearly two centuries, the staff and students of both universities have, in some shape or form, been part of the Nottingham community.

Ten-year-old Abdulhameed Elgareidi has been taking part in workshops designed to support children in building key life skills, delivering their own social action projects and making the transition from primary to secondary education as seamless as possible.

Students from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham College run sports workshops for children in their final year of primary school as part of the Sport for Good programme.

The sport and life curriculum, funded by Sport England, is delivered after school by student leaders. They work with pupils like Abdulhameed using sport and physical activity to help engage them, to develop key transition skills and to create a social action initiative.

Abdulhameed’s School, Forest Fields Primary, hosts the workshops, which cover teamwork, resilience, respect and managing your emotions. He’s been working with university students from all across the world, as well as pupils in secondary school, all of whom are volunteers. Together they are planning an event aimed at helping homeless people.

A volunteer stood in a gym with students

“I really enjoy working with the university students because they teach us new things and sometimes, we get to teach them new things.”

Abdulhameed Elgareidi, Forest Fields Primary School