By Holly McDonnell – Contributing Writer
Did someone say Sitting Volleyball!?
Next week, a group of second year Sports Studies students at the University are hosting an afternoon of sitting volleyball. This is part of their Sports Management module for this semester.
The students are hoping to raise awareness of various disabilities, and some of the challenges athletes come across. Katrina Martin (Kat), Aliyah Esprit, Monique Allen, Daniel Thomas and Amber Strevens are those behind organising the session.
Sitting Volleyball was first recognised as a Paralympic Sport at the Toronto Games 41 years ago. It is now renowned at the Paralympic Games and medals are on offer for the competing Paralympians.
Kat Martin, one of the organisers behind the event, gave her views on the upcoming Sitting Volleyball session.
“We are hoping to get as many participants as possible trying a new sport. Not a lot of people are aware of the difficulties people face when having to play a limited version of a sport,” Kat says. “We want to show the practicalities disabled people face when trying to take part in sport whilst also raising awareness of success stories and opportunities that could be provided with.”
Does this sound exciting? Want to give Sitting Volleyball a go? Come along to the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Monday 6th March from 3pm until 4.30pm to participate in this event. It is an open, drop-in session, so all guests are welcome.
Go and show your support and help raise awareness of disability in sport!