College students run anti-sectarianism event
Sport and Fitness students from Ayrshire College held a successful event at the College’s Kilmarnock Campus on Thursday 22 March to help eradicate sectarianism.
‘Ayrshire Against Sectarianism’ was held in partnership with Supporters Direct Scotland. The main attraction of the event was a volleyball tournament featuring teams of students against staff members, while Mark Reid, Project Manager for Supporters Direct Scotland, held workshops for students on the Colour of our Scarves initiative. There were also raffles, bake sales and a treasure hunt for people to take part in.
The volleyball tournament was won by the East Ayrshire Active Schools team.
Over £100 was raised by the HND students, which will go towards MS Society Ayrshire and Arran.
Ayrshire College students often engage in projects with Supporters Direct Scotland in a bid to tackle sectarianism. Last year two events - ‘One Ayrshire - Many Cultures’ and ‘#EqualityIsQuality’ - were organised to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues.
Another college event, organised by a different HND Sport & Fitness class, is scheduled for later in the year.
The ‘Ayrshire Against Sectarianism’ event was completely student-led. The slogans used throughout all of the students’ promotional material were ‘#anyfaith’ and ‘#1passion’.
Tommi McMillian-Grant, the student who led on the day, said “The event was great to be a part of and gave our HND class real-life experience of running an event. The ‘anyfaith’ hashtag was a statement to say that no matter what your religious beliefs are every person is equal and entitled to their own views.”
David Dougan, Sport and Fitness lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “I was extremely proud of my HND class as they successfully ran an event which was very organised, professional and for a tremendous cause. They also managed to attract very special guests such as our Principal, the NUS Scotland President and the Lord Provost of East Ayrshire, which really rose the profile of the event.”
26 March 2018