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Bursary winner is helping children with special needs fly high

Wednesday 05 April 2017

The feeling of doing a somersault 20 feet into the air is absolutely fantastic! It's very disorientating! You don't quite know where you're going and it all happens very quickly. It's like nothing else!

For sociology student and captain of Hallam's trampolining club, Zoe Green, there's only one thing that beats this feeling - and that's being able to share her love for trampolining with children and young adults with special needs.

On Saturday mornings, Zoe wakes up early and takes two busses across Sheffield to All Inc trampolining club at All Saint's School, where she has been teaching trampolining for the past two years.

"I found out about the Saturday kids club in my first week of coming to university. I'd done some trampolining while at school and I really enjoy working with children and young adults with special needs, so I thought I'd get involved. I also work as a PA support carer for a disabled boy in Sheffield which I work around my studies - I find that the two really complement each other."

Last year Zoe was awarded £500 from the Heller Bursary to help support all the work she does for All Inc trampolining club and to ensure she could carry on volunteering there each week.

Zoe said: "I was overwhelmed when I found out I was awarded the bursary. I love working at the club with the kids, and the money has meant that I could continue to come here every week by covering my extra travel costs.

"I will also soon be enrolling on a British Gymnastics Level One Trampoline Coaching course, which will mean that I will be able to take my skills to the next level so that I can become a fully qualified trampolining coach.

"Seeing some of the kids that I've been working with for the past two years progress physically and socially is just absolutely amazing - it's been brilliant and so rewarding. Even though I'm volunteering my time, I feel that I get so much out of this."

The Sir Michael & Lady Morven Heller Bursary is intended to financially help students do something completely outside of their area of academic study.

The Hallam Fund offers opportunity bursaries, like the one Zoe was awarded, to help students take risks and pursue new opportunities they wouldn't have been able to otherwise, so that they can increase their employability and make an impact in their community.

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