Sporty learners help recovery

Sport students at Stoke on Trent College are using their knowledge to aid the rehabilitation process for people who have survived strokes.

Each week, members of the Stroke Association have been attending the college’s sports academy to benefit from the learners who provide one-to-one support aimed at improving mobility and fitness.

Sallie Tranter, aged 17, who studies a BTec level three extended diploma in sport and exercise science, said: “I have never worked with people who have had strokes before but it is really nice to see them develop more confidence as the weeks go on.”

Services have included devising individual exercise programmes as well as health checks, such as blood pressure, height, weight and BMI.

Anthony Brannen, assistant director for sport and public services at the college, said: “It has been a huge learning curve, but one that will remain with them [the students] in their chosen careers.”

Main pic: Stoke on Trent College sport student Sallie Tranter supports stroke survivor Gavin Yorke