Sporting challenges inspire Perse pupils to raise funds for charity

Year 8 Perse pupils took part in not one, but two fun challenges to raise funds for Power2Inspire as part of a special Games2Inspire Day.

They have raised almost £1,000 for the charity, which aims to ensure everyone has access to sport, regardless of disability, age, body type, religion or ethnicity.

In the sponsored inclusive kilometre, pupils worked in pairs and trios with one member of the group being blindfolded and guided around laps of the running track by their partner(s) before swapping over.

Motivated by Power2Inspire founder and CEO John Willis, they also took on their own version of the 108 Challenge.

John, who was born without fully formed arms and legs, will be kayaking 108 miles along the River Thames from Cricklade, Wiltshire, to Eton Dorney – the rowing and canoe sprint venue for the London 2012 Olympics – next month to raise funds for the cause.

Each form group did their bit by trying to do reach the same number in a range of challenges, including push-ups, keepie-uppies, tennis rallies and tyre rolls.

John spoke to the pupils about the goals of Power2Inspire and his own experiences, which included completing all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports prior to the Rio Games in 2016 using specially adapted equipment.

Besides the charity challenges, they also had a great time trying a variety of inclusive sports such as goalball, sitting netball, boccia, sitting volleyball and New Age Kurling as part of the Games2Inspire day.

Perse Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie said: “Pupils tested their beliefs about ability and disability and what it is to be different, to learn to respect other people’s differences, and challenge their assumptions of what they, and others, can and cannot do.”

To donate to the pupils’ inclusive kilometre appeal, please click here.


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