School Games Programme Update
On Wednesday 1st February this year’s Sutton Sports Leadership Academy was launched.
The event was held at Overton Grange High School with eight selected students from each of the Sutton high schools. The students representing CHSG were Charlotte, 10CK, Rebecca 10LC, Rhomina 10AMB, Sophie 10JC and Rebecca 10LC who were chosen for their leadership potential, their interest in sport and ability to adapt in a volunteering situation.
Students were put into four groups with a representative from each of the schools into each group, enabling them to work together and get to know each other.
Sutton MENCAP who specialise in delivering activities for children and adults with disabilities ran the session which comprised four different games situations each requiring specific skills.
One section dealt with Boccia, a skilful game requiring players to throw a ball from a seated position towards a target, knocking the opposing team’s balls away. Another of the group games required skill and tactics to propel curling stones forward towards a target on the floor. Dodgeball was put on in half of the sports hall and another activity with a variety of communication exercises took place in the Dance studio.
In each case, differentiation of the activity for those with disabilities was a necessity and for this purpose the use of eye shades, a variety of adapted glasses and specialist equipment was used to help the students understand the nature of each disability and possible subsequent difficulties of participation incurred by individuals.
All those attending agreed the session had been a most enjoyable and a unique learning experience and it is hoped that some students will opt to be involved in activities in the future where they may use their learned skills.
Miss S Baker (School Games Co-ordinator)