On the 18th January 2018, business students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) presented a new marketing strategy to Richmond Council for Café Sunshine on Twickenham Riverside.
The popular local café first opened in 2009 and is staffed by people with learning disabilities and catering staff. As part of the project, 15 students devised a series of marketing plans which were then presented to the café’s stakeholders.
RuTC students spent time with the staff and customers and then designed creative ideas for improving its future marketing strategy. Ideas included new flyers and posters, social media, giving out free tasters at community events and a loyalty card.
Richmond Council members will now review the proposals and consider which ones to implement. Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said:
“We are keen to further promote the café, to enable us to reach new audiences and draw people to the Riverside. This project with Richmond upon Thames College students enables us to do that. I would like to thank the students for their work and I look forward to seeing their plans in action.”
Chris Pegler, business lecturer at RuTC, commented, “we are proud of the ideas and effort that our students put into supporting this project and would like to thank the staff of the Sunshine Café and Richmond Council for giving our students the opportunity to use their talents. We hope that this will be the first of many opportunities to do so.”
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In December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted a range of charity and sports events in the Richmond upon Thames College Community Sports Centre and facilities, in association with The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation.
The Change Foundation engages with marginalised and at-risk young people, facing some of the world’s toughest challenges through the power of sport and dance. The foundation’s newest programme, Team Habana, develops the next generation of young leaders through the values of rugby, using the philosophies and support of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok legend Bryan Habana.
The ‘Team Habana London Cohort Residential’, brought together 7 young leaders to take part in the programme - which started with a 3 day residential run at Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham. The organisation focuses upon group leadership training, one to one project development support, mentoring and leadership residential retreats. South African rugby union player, Bryan Habana, who founded the organisation, also made a personal appearance.
Mark Brough, Richmond upon Thames College Sports Centre Manager, said “The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation chose RuTC as one of their hosts for their London Cohort Residential because of RuTC’s close proximity to Harlequins. We often support Harlequins bookings and events, as well as offering external organisations the use and hire of our sports facilities.”
70% of the Team Habana leaders are young women who have become role models for 100s of children in their communities, breaking down stereotypes of women in leadership positions in sport.
The project helps increase young people’s confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours for them to fully discover their leadership potential through volunteering within their local communities.
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On Wednesday 13th December (2017), the Richmond upon Thames Girls’ Football team played in the Surrey FA Futsal Tournament at Woking Leisure Centre. The team won the tournament, conceding only 1 goal and losing just 1 game out of 6 teams.
Sports Centre Manager, Mark Borough, spoke about the development of the Girls’ Football team and their introduction to the world of Futsal. “We’ve always had a boys’ football academy team which is always very popular - and alongside this has had a girls’ football development team. But for the last 4-5 years, we have struggled to have enough girls to be able to play full sided games - so this year we took the view to focus on 5-a-side games and futsal this year rather than 11 a-side leagues as with the boys’ teams.”
The tournament comprised of local Further Education colleges including; John Ruskin College, Reigate College, Strodes College, Woking College & Brooklands College.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, five-a-side indoor football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
The next tournament will be taking place at Woking Leisure Centre on the 31st January and Mark has high hopes for the year ahead and sports at the college in general. “Our plan for 2018 is to continue playing futsal as it has proved popular and is growing in popularity across the country.”
The Richmond upon Thames Girls’ Football Team train and meet every Wednesday between 12.50pm-1.50pm, in the Sports Hall.
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On Wednesday 20 December 2017, Art and Design students at Richmond upon Thames College studying the UAL Level 3 (Pre BA) Foundation Diploma hosted an exhibition titled ‘COLLECT & CREATE'.
Students identified an issue or agenda they were interested in and collated research in sketchbooks. This research was a starting point for experimental art and design work in a wide range of specialist areas such as fashion and painting. As an integral part of the project, students had to display their work in an exhibition. One student stated, “Throughout the project I had to think about the audience and what they would think of my work, and I found that really useful when it came to developing my work”.
The exhibition was a huge success and was attended by staff at the college and visitors from the local community. Students now plan to use their work and photography as part of their university interview portfolios.
Photo credit: Rocio Rey Aloe, Art and Design Level 3 Foundation Diploma student
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