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Clare Mount Specialist Sports College secured a small grant from LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) to help Wirral make the most of the London 2012 Paralympic Games: developing and delivering activities that capitalise on the learning opportunities available; driving local educational agendas and school improvement; and providing local opportunities that define what the London 2012 Paralympic Games mean to them.
The overall objectives of the programme were:
- To increase the number of schools who are actively engaged in opportunities and resources that the Get Set network provides which are focussed on the Paralympic Games, Values and sports.
- To deepen pupils’ engagement with the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
- To ensure that young people are, wherever possible, engaged in the design and delivery of the project and legacy plans.
We took a group of eleven students, with varying Special Educational Needs, to the Oval for a day of sports. It was a day of experimentation with new and adapted sports. Some activities we have already experienced with some being introduced to us for the first time. Pupils of all ages came from across Wirral and were encouraged to get involved and give everything a try.
Qualified coaches and experienced local leaders, (including a current Paralympic athlete and world record holder in the 200m butterfly,) were on hand to run the event offering expert help and advice.
Sports included things such as Boccia, Trampolining, Fencing, Goalball, Tri-golf, Polybat, football and a variety of wheelchair games.
A very insightful and fun day was had by all of our students and the staff involved. We are excited and keen to move on introducing more opportunities in the near future.