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Sport and Leisure students from our Broadstairs College are bringing sports stacking to isolated and elderly residents in Thanet with their pioneering ‘Community Speed Stack Christmas’ project.
The flagship initiative, funded by Techno Timber Construction and Thanet District Council’s Active Thanet, aims to boost holiday spirits whilst improving the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills of vulnerable residents via fun speed stacking activities.
Speed stacking, also known as cup stacking or sport stacking, has gained in popularity in recent years, and involves stacking nine or 12 specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences as fast as possible.
In recent weeks, the students have created ‘Sports Stack Packs’ which have been distributed to care homes and organisations supporting isolated individuals in the area. Each pack contains the specialist cups, instructions on how to play, a USB with a pre-loaded video tutorial, and entry details for the competition.
Speaking about the initiative, Programme Director for Sport and Leisure at the College, Sam Perkins, commented: “My students are always passionate about going above and beyond to support the local community.
“We have worked with Thanet District Council in the past on projects to support those suffering from isolation. However, isolation has been felt on a much larger scale this year due to the impact of measures put in place to stem the rate of coronavirus transmission. It was important for us to once again work together and devise a way we can help in these challenging times.
“I am so proud of my students who not only wanted to support those affected but extend their remit to care homes and social clubs. A massive thank you must also go to Techno Timber Construction who purchased all the sport stack cups.”
For more information, visit our Broadstairs College's website.