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College appoints sports maker to continue Olympic legacy

June 19, 2013

West Cheshire College has appointed Debbie Kendall as its new College Sports Maker to continue the legacy of the Olympics and encourage more students to get involved in sports activities.

Debbie Kendall has been appointed as West Cheshire College’s new Sports Maker


The appointment is part of the National Lottery’s £20 million funding from Sports England to improve the sporting opportunities for young people.


Recent research from Sports England’s Active People Research Survey revealed that College students play the least amount of sport amongst young people aged 16 and over in education.


Debbie, formerly a football development officer at Cheshire County Football Association, said: “I’m very excited about my new post as a Sports Maker. I will be responsible for driving up student participation through informal and social sport in the College, plus in the community through leagues and competitions.


“The aim is to get students to regularly participate in sports and physical activities by doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a week.


“The College has fantastic facilities and I hope to encourage more of our students to use them and remind them how fun and beneficial doing regular sports activities can be. The different sports we will be offering include badminton, netball, rugby and volleyball.”

As part of Debbie’s role she will be using the College’s state-of-the-art Fitzone Fitness Gym which contains all of the latest training equipment from Cybex and the FitLinxx computerised exercise tracking system.


Helen Owen, Manager of Care Services at West Cheshire College, said: “We are delighted to welcome Debbie to the College as our Sports Maker.


“Many young people get out of the routine of doing sport when they leave school. Having a Sports Maker within the College will remind them how much fun sport is and will help to build it into their weekly schedule. I think a lot of our students will benefit from her appointment.”


The Fitzone gym at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus is open to members of the public and prices for public membership start from just £10 a month, or people can drop in for £3.50 per session. The gym also hosts zumba and body conditioning classes from just £2.50.


For more information about the gym call 01244 656 330, email or visit

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