The School of Sport and Service Management has a rich history of student and staff volunteering. Projects span across working with our immediate neighbours and local communities to creating sustainable partnerships with international community groups. Some impressive examples of this include ‘Bright Young Things ‘ where students offer assistance with marketing, promotions and social media to local voluntary organisations and charities. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Club and Exercise Referral Programme involve our Sport & Exercise Science students providing activities to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. The Eastbourne Local Food Initiative seeks to enhance the green spaces of the campus to encourage local food cultivation. More recently, International Event Management students hosted a variety of public events, which fundraised for a local special school and contributed to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Help for Heroes appeals.
Some of our longest standing community engagement projects include the Chelsea Kids Camp and the Kick-Start & Fidget Dance Companies who work with schools in the region to promote and develop dance. Also, our pioneering Football for Peace project which is a community relations and reconciliation initiative. Students work through sport to build co-operation, respect and trust between groups and individuals. Initially working with Arab and Jewish communities in Israel the project has developed to working in a range of settings where communities are divided.
Our students raise thousands of pounds to support these projects, including the now infamous Dance Rivals event held annually at Atlantis nightclub on the pier. In recent years hundreds of students have been involved in numerous projects, giving up their time to help others and along the way gaining valuable experience for their future careers. We hope to sustain and add to the present projects, to extend the number of students who benefit and to give even more back to the community.