Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s mascot, Gully, has presented certificates to a Durrington learning disabilities group following their achievements in Sport and Health.
The group from The Pines day centre for adults with learning disabilities studied for their Step-Up Qualifications with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s Albion in the Community (AITC) initiative.
It reflects many months of hard studying and completion of targets and work books.
The work books written up every week were assessed – lessons ranged from planning a trip out, to the physiology of the human body to healthy lifestyles requiring good nutrition and exercise, taking part in different sports each week – from football and cricket to rounders and hockey.
Judith was one of the proud recipients. She said: ““The ceremony was very good and I am very happy to have gained the certificate – I am very proud of myself!”
Another of the group, Debbie, said: “I felt very happy, especially having my photo taken with Gully. I was excited having my mum watch me receive my certificate.”
Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “These are fine achievements, and I was pleased to be asked to come to The Pines to recognise their efforts.
“Their efforts reflect the County Council’s belief in an inclusive society where everyone should have an equal chance.”
Matt Dorn, Curriculum Development Manager at Albion in the Community, said: “Albion in the Community is pleased to have partnered with The Pines Day Centre in offering people the chance to participate in two bespoke qualifications, which were delivered and assessed to meet the learners’ individual needs.
“This relationship has grown from strength to strength with both the learners and the day centre and we look forward to further collaboration in the future. Congratulations to all those who successfully completed the qualification with AITC.”