Golden day for adult learners

Jonathan Edwards with the Sussex downs College students
Jonathan Edwards with the Sussex downs College students

OLYMPIC athlete Jonathan Edwards met with students at Sussex Downs College.

The former triple jump gold medallist presented certificates to the final cohort of Personal Best graduates from Sussex Downs College at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium recently.

Since May 2009, more than 80 adult learners in Sussex, Surrey and the Thames Valley have participated in the Personal Best Programme, designed to raise self-esteem and self-confidence, while developing the skills needed by employers.

The programme has been using the hook of the London 2012 Olympics to recruit volunteers and the college has had major successes with the recruitment, achievement and progression of learners and more than 35 students have applied to become Games Makers.

Jonathan said, “I am delighted to help celebrate the success of the 2012 initiatives so far. We want as many young people as possible to be involved with London 2012 and the Personal Best project shows we are maximising the opportunities which are arising from the Games.

“The Personal Best programme has contributed significantly in raising motivation and self-esteem, giving an opportunity to disengaged groups to access something previously seen as exclusive.”

Hailsham-based Francis Stuart, one of students to receive his certificate from Jonathan, said, “The Personal Best programme has given me real confidence and I enjoyed the volunteering I completed at the Sports Park in Eastbourne.

“It has also helped me make career choices.

“I have now started an IT course at the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College - something I would have not considered before.”

Pictured above: Jonathan Edwards with Francis Stuart.

Below: Personal Best Programme certificate winners.

Above: Jonathan Edwards with Francis Stuart.

below: Personal Best Programme certificate winners.