The Perse School

Perse pupils try new sports while raising funds for Power2Inspire

13 Jun 2018

Year 8 pupils were given an illuminating insight into inclusive sport during a visit from Power2Inspire.

Power2Inspire founder John Willis and coaches from the charity, which aims to make sport inclusive for disabled people, began by leading pupils through a special Power House Games sports day.

They spent the morning taking part in a range of sports, largely designed for people with disabilities, including New Age Kurling, boccia, sitting volleyball, visually-impaired football and goalball.

Mr Willis, who was born without fully formed arms and legs, showed off some of the equipment he used in his successful bid to try all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports in the run-up to the Rio Olympics in 2016 and invited pupils to design other gadgets that may help his life.

Perse sports & transport administrator Sarah Grady spoke about her career as a wheelchair basketball player, having represented Great Britain at three Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens and London.

As well as having fun, the pupils raised almost £3,100 for Power2Inspire by taking part in a sponsored ‘inclusive kilometre’, with further funds set to be added to the tally from a non-uniform day.

They got into pairs or small groups to take on the challenge, some being guided while wearing blindfolds, others having their legs tied together, or even going around on crutches or piggyback. The idea behind the test was for those taking part to think about the effects of having an impairment.

Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie felt Year 8 had gained a lot from the experience and was pleased with how much they had raised for Power2Inspire.

She added: “The idea was to show them that sport can be inclusive and how you can adapt sports to be inclusive. They really enjoyed taking part in all the different activities.”


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