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Students Play Their Part In Rio Paralympic Games

Updated: 03/08/2016

Sheffield College students have been congratulated by an international sports organisation for playing their part in the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

Students Play Their Part In Rio Paralympic Games

Pictured: Students in the new television studio at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus.

A group of media students and apprentices broadcast a live stream of a selection draw for the Paralympics from the new television studio at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street.

The draw took place to decide which countries would compete against one another in the Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby in September, and was organised by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) based in Canada.

The event was streamed from the College this term simultaneously to officials in Brazil and Canada, so the draw could be internationally verified. Representatives from the Brazilian team also took part via a Skype link that fed into the live programme.

Sheffield’s Uriah Rennie, a former premiership referee, and John Timms, Director of MLS Contracts Limited and an international competition manager for the IWRF, led on the draw. For more information, visit www.iwrf.com.

Matt Neale, Head of Learning, Media and Performing Arts, The Sheffield College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our media students and apprentices to test their technical skills and play their part in a global sporting event. They managed the live draw successfully.”

He added: “We now have the capability to live stream any event from our new television studio. The College was offered the opportunity to support the Paralympics in this way as a result of providing technical support on major sports events.”

John Bishop, President, International Wheelchair Rugby Federation, said: “I would like to thank the students for making this event a success. The facilities were excellent and we really appreciate them sharing their skills and talent with us.”

The £8.8 million Centre for Creative Industries at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street houses a new theatre, drama, dance, television, photography, music and radio studios and £450,000 of new equipment.

Creative industries specialisms offered at the College include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography. It’s not too late to apply for places on full-time courses starting this September. Click here for more information or call 0114 2602600.

Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, added: “We equip our students with the skills that employers need. Our new multi-million pound creative industries facilities are some of the best in the north. The College is supporting employers, as well as students, by providing the right training for the next generation of talent needed to grow the regional economy.”