Canterbury College Students’ Union has added a prestigious Podium Award to its record-breaking list of accolades.
The SU won a Bronze medal for Living the Olympic Values at the Podium Awards 2012, beating more than 200 Colleges and Universities. The judges were impressed with Canterbury College’s delivery of the Olympic values – courage, determination, equality, excellence, friendship, inspiration and respect.
It is the latest honour to be bestowed on Canterbury College’s SU, which historically has won an NUS Award for a record-breaking fourth consecutive year.
Students' Union manager Tony Payne said: “We have been working hard to get students inspired about the London 2012 Games for the past four years, so it’s great to win a Podium Award. We have linked the Olympic ideals to College events such as Fair For All, Blue Monday and Peace One Day.
This is the fifth year the College has been nominated for an award based on the quality of our extra-curricular activities and it’s a real testament to the commitment of the students here. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Olympic Park and taking students to some of the events."
The Podium Awards recognise the role Colleges and Universities play in delivering the London 2012 Games. Canterbury College Students' Union will receive its award at a black tie event in London next month.
The College has been praised for providing students with as many opportunities as possible in the lead up to this Summer’s Games. It was the UK’s first College to be part of the Get Set Network, a drive to bring Colleges, schools and non-mainstream learning providers together in line with the Olympic and Paralympic values. This saw British Paralympian Danny Crates talking visiting Canterbury College to speak to sports students about the Games and his experience of competing.
The College has running stewarding courses and all students that passed were given a guaranteed interview for working at the Olympic Games. Competitions where students can win tickets to the Games are also being run by the College.
To find out more about Canterbury College’s involvement with the London 2012 Olympic Games, go to www.canterburycollege.ac.uk/london-2012.