Students hit the bullseye with new type of learning

A group of college students are taking their learning to a more physical level by completing a module in archery as part of their course.
Games Design students from South Leicestershire College have taken the unusual step of taking up the sport for a six-week course, under the guidance of a Paralympian, to better understand the movements of the human body and relate it back to their course content, enabling them to design more realistic and interactive features.

The College has partnered up with a local organisation, Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club, to deliver the programme. The teaching is led by Paralympian Fred Stevens, who represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in archery, along with Ken Stokes .
Caitlin McReynolds, who teaches Level 3 Games Design, said:
“Our discipline is very technical and the archery course has enabled us to gain real-time experience of exactly how the body works when involved in sport, which offers us the opportunity to translate that insight into games design.
“It’s a different way of learning but it’s one that all of our students have really engaged with.”
The move is part of an initiative by the College’s Sport Maker Kate Leslie, who is targeting students who are not currently engaging in physical activity in an attempt to emphasise the alternative benefits of exercise, which have been linked by research to academic success, personal and mental health.
“It’s been a fantastic course because as well as helping the students with their learning, they’ve enjoyed it and taken up a new physical activity,” said Kate.
“Hopefully, the experience will encourage the Games Design students to continue to be active, while encouraging others students from across the College to take up archery.”
The project has been funded through Sport England’s Sportivate initiative, a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.