Ballymena NRC Work Ready Students showcased two innovative and unique Youth in Action projects at the Tullyglass House Hotel last week, both funded with the support of the European Union. The morning event highlighted the ‘Across the Line Project’ which undertook research into certain attitudes around football, gaelic and rugby in Northern Ireland. Over the duration of the project representatives from Glenravel GAA, Ballymena United and Ballymena Rugby Club presented to the students and discussed their individual sport’s history, culture and structure of the game whilst also presenting their youth development policy. The PSNI and a political representative also spoke with the project group. The outcome of the project was the production of an Across the Line DVD produced by the students highlighting their findings and providing an educational resource for other students on all three sporting associations.
Jennifer Young, NRC tutor, who coached both student groups, said, “This has been a fantastic journey for the students and exposed them to all kinds of new ideas and cultures culminating in a very informative and innovative idea for a DVD to share with fellow students.” Student Niall Collins commented “All the visitors said the same thing that if you love sport it doesn’t matter who you play with and they tried to encourage us to try all sports.”
In the afternoon the “Food for Thought” students shared experiences of their project, investigating healthy eating among young people. The project aim was to research food habits among students both in N.Ireland and across Europe and develop recipes that would address a more healthy approach to eating. To this end the students visited and met with local chefs in restaurant settings to learn more about healthy ingredients and menu construction. Katherine McNeilly, “ I really enjoyed my 1st year at College and it was a great opportunity for me to research our eating habits in N. Ireland and get to know what healthy eating means across the world.”The outcome of the project was the production of a well researched and designed healthy eating journal containing recipes which the students cooked, tasted and tested over a four week period. Ms. Young said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed this project having the opportunity to eat in places like the Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush and Oregano in Belfast. They also had the opportunity to visit and meet Jenny Bristow in her studio kitchen and learn more about healthy eating options. The journal will serve as a life long record of recipe ideas created and shared as they continue to create their own health eating journey”. Both Work Ready Student groups would like to thank all those who supported them so whole heartedly with their projects.
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