Fun in the sun for Woodfield School multisports programme
Over the last few weeks, Woodfield School and Greenhouse Sports ran a summer sports programme for young people with special educational needs. Many Woodfield pupils have said that during summer holidays they would usually stay at home, play computer games, watch TV and get bored – over two-thirds of those questioned wanted to play more sport.
Woodfield School’s Multisports Head Coach Dan O’Brien delivered a three-week programme with support from both Woodfield and Greenhouse staff. The summer sports programme allowed participants to socialise, learn new skills and keep active during the school holidays. Jaanzaib, a KS3 pupil, said: “I love summer school. I get to play lots of sport and see my friends over the summer holidays.”
The summer sports programme was initially set up in July 2014 to increase participation in sport, improve pupil’s physical skills, and to inspire and give them the confidence to attend a local sports club in the community. Pupils enjoyed a variety of activities including dodgeball, football, tennis, athletics and handball.
Week one targeted pupils with Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD) developing their Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) skills in a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment. Week two, another three-day camp, targeted Woodfield’s more complex pupils with Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD), focusing on peer interaction and effective communication. Woodfield School Teaching Assistant Chris said: “It’s great to host a SLD only sports camp as it builds confidence and allows students to access more sport.”
Pupils took part in trampolining, ten-pin bowling, football, athletics, boccia and new age kurling. Both week one and week two finished with a trip to Hyde Park where the pupils scooted around the park, played short cricket and accessed the inclusive adventure playground.
Week three was a celebration week where all participants were invited back to celebrate their hard work and achievements. All participants received a certificate for their hard work and dedication throughout the summer sport programme. Head Coach Dan O’Brien said: “When I started at Woodfield School in May 2014, extra-curricular activities and community engagement were my main priorities. It is great to see so many pupils accessing more sport outside of school. The support from the school has been tremendous.”