Perse pupils inspired to try inclusive sports for charity
Year 8 Perse pupils enjoyed sampling a variety of inclusive sports while helping to raise funds for Power2Inspire.
Power2Inspire founder and CEO John Willis told pupils about the charity’s aims to ensure ‘no-one is left on the bench’ in terms of having access to sport, regardless of disability.
Mr Willis, who was born without fully formed arms and legs, completed all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports prior to the Rio Olympics in 2016 using specially adapted equipment.
He was joined by special guests Jennifer Crompton, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, and her husband, former Perse Head of School John Crompton (1980), as they watched pupils trying adaptive sports, such as boccia, goalball, New Age Kurling, sitting volleyball and sitting netball, as part of the PowerHouse Games event.
Pupils also raised more than £1,000 for the charity by taking part in a sponsored inclusive kilometre.
Working in pairs, one member of each group was blindfolded and guided around laps of the Long Road pitch by their partner before swapping over.
Perse Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie said: “It was a fantastic day which provided Year 8 with much-needed fun after a week of assessments, but also a chance to think about what full inclusion really means.
“By taking part in sports where they were blindfolded or had to stay seated, pupils were challenged to think about how different life might be if they had been born with a disability and how important it is to ensure that everyone is able to participate in school sporting life.
“Pupils also loved hearing from John about his sporting achievements and they had many questions to ask him about his life and his motivations for setting up Power2Inspire.”
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