Wednesday, 02 May 2012
Pupils from eight schools across Worcester got in the spirit of the Olympics at a special event organised by students at the University of Worcester.
The School Sports Special Olympics event saw around 100 schoolchildren taking part in a range of activities, including wheelchair basketball, Boccia and Goalball.
There were eight teams of approximately 12 pupils, each representing a different country. Around 50 University of Worcester sports students worked with the pupils coaching, mentoring and refereeing. The event was run with support from Disability Worcester Sport, Worcester City Council and local city schools.
University Sports Coaching Science lecturer David Mycock, who is coaching the Great Britain Blind Football team at the London Paralympic Games, said: “It was fantastic to see the pupils getting involved in a range of sporting activities that they had probably never come across before. They all seemed to really enjoy themselves and get in the spirit of the Paralympics.
“The London 2012 Games are a hugely inspiring event for children and adults alike to try out new sports and get active. This Special Olympics School Sport event was also a great opportunity for our own students to put in to practice their coaching, mentoring and refereeing skills.”