Meet our College Sport Maker!
West Herts College is lucky enough to have its very own College Sport Maker, a role created as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics to encourage participation in sport for all. WHC’s Sport Maker is Tom Klymkiw, who works on behalf of Sport England to ensure there are a variety of activities for our students to get involved in and plenty going on to keep everyone active.
Tom has been in the role for four years, liaising with external agencies and national governing bodies to make sure that sport at the College is free for all students. He also organises trips for students; recent trips include a visit to the Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.
This year, 661 students took part in 596 hours of activity across 24 different sports; including familiar sports such as football, basketball, netball and tennis, and those you may not have tried such as rock climbing, sailing and skiing.
Students participating in the sports can take part in tournaments here at College and externally too, representing WHC against other colleges. This culminates in the Inter FE games, a competition between the four Hertfordshire Further Education colleges. This year, West Herts won the overall team trophy as well as the gold medal in several of the individual events.
In the coming academic year Tom hopes to organise similar sporting classes which will comprise of mainly free events, with up to 10 sessions a week to choose from. Tom is always open to suggestions for new classes, so if you have any ideas then feel free to drop in to Student Support and speak to Tom.