Tuesday, 27 March 2012
A special course, aimed at equipping teachers with the skills to encourage disabled young people to get involved in sport, was held at the University of Worcester.
TOP Sportsability is a scheme run in association with the School Games 2012, the Youth Sport Trust and Paralympics GB. It aims to create opportunities for young people with disabilities to enjoy, participate and perform in PE and sport.
Teachers, teaching assistants and teaching students from across the County were invited to take part in a special session, run with Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove, at the University learning about how to involve disabled young people in sport.
They got the chance to try out a range of sports, including wheelchair basketball, blind football and boccia, and learn techniques for helping young people to participate.
Kerry Greaves, Sports Disability Teacher at Chadsgrove School who led some of the sessions, said: “I was really pleased that awareness was raised and barriers to disability were being challenged with the active participation of all members attending the course.”
The University of Worcester has a long history of involvement in disability sports and is the only university in the UK to offer a specific undergraduate degree in the field.