Greenhouse Sports hosts ‘I’m Included Day 2015’
The third annual Greenhouse Sports ‘I’m Included Day’ took part on February 9th 2015 at the Richard Cloudesley secondary school.
Students from four of Greenhouse Sports’ 10 special education needs schools were represented at the event, namely Swiss Cottage, St. Ann’s, JFK and of course Richard Cloudesley. All of the featured Greenhouse Sports SEN programmes work to support young people with special educational needs (SEN) within SEN school settings.
Aj Sharma, SEN Programme Manager was keen to explain the purpose of our SEN work at Greenhouse Sports.
“Each programme strives to encourage students to gain independence and develop practical skills to improve their life chances; by providing a variety of sports and enrichment activities that challenge and stretch their abilities, focusing in particular on improving communication, mobility and sociability. “
The Greenhouse Sports ‘I’m Included Day’ was aimed at, in particular, those young people with profound multiple learning disabilities, (PMLD) supporting our belief that everyone deserves the chance to take part in sporting competitions, whatever their ability, background or circumstances.
A range of fun and exciting activities were delivered on the day that focussed upon the unique abilities of each participant and were designed to engage their senses, within the overall theme of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
The activities included a Sensory Disco Party – a sensory overload of light effects, bubbles and textures where students were asked to groove and boogie to the latest tunes!
Students had an opportunity to let out their competitive instincts at the Sensory Relay that incorporated all of the themed elements in an innovative and fun way; the Narnia Sensory Trail exposed students to the extreme temperatures and conditions of the desert, the sea, the rainforest and the arctic Brrrrr!
Danielle Tobiasinsky-Weems, Greenhouse Sports Head Coach and organiser of the event, commented “The Greenhouse Sports ‘I’m Included Day’ is exceptional because it is an opportunity to provide an environment where the participants can explore new sporting activities whilst making new friends.”
The support of school teaching assistants (TA) is integral to the running of SEN events. One TA enthused “What a fantastic event, all of our students had a great time! Can we have more of the same please?”
The SEN Team at Greenhouse Sports will look to organise a bigger and better event in 2016 involving more students from more schools taking part in a greater variety of activities. Watch this space!
Stats and Facts
Greenhouse Sports’ SEN provision includes 10 school programmes and one community swim club, involving 11 Multi-Sport Head Coaches, 3 swim teachers, over 20 volunteers and of course the numerous schools based teaching assistants and care staff that are invaluable to supporting our young people.
In 2013/2014 our award winning Multi-Sport Head Coaches supported the development of over 1,000 young people, delivering nearly 9,000 hours of activity.
Our impact framework revealed that 92% of those young people that engaged with us for 4 hours or more a week showed progress against recognised P and NC Levels. (P and National Curriculum (NC) scales are national agreed attainment targets for young people with special education needs).
Like many staff at our partner schools, Joe West, Head of P.E at Swiss Cottage School (SCS), is keen to endorse our work
“Greenhouse Sports is a great organisation to work with – they have helped us to expand and enrich our sports program here at SCS. The work of our two Greenhouse Sports coaches really helps to engage and motivate children and young people with a range of SEN to be active, develop skills, achieve and enjoy and participate fully in an inclusive sports program that goes beyond a standard curriculum”.