Students from a special educational needs school in Camberwell won an award after participating in Southwark Council initiative Beat The Street. Placing second out of 18 schools, Highshore School was the only special educational needs school to take part. Students were led by their Greenhouse Sports coach Joanne Sykes, who was recently nominated as a finalist for the UK Coaching Disability Coach of the Year award. As a prize, the students were awarded a £200 voucher by Mayor of Southwark Catherine Rose to go towards sports equipment for the school.
Participants from the school covered over 900 miles over a six week period by walking, cycling, or running. Providing sport provision for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) pupils is vital; only 2% of disabled young people meet the Chief Medical Officer’s activity guidelines, compared to 22% for non-disabled young people. This year, 10 students on Joanne’s programme are training to be Sports Leaders, which will enable them to provide sport sessions to a nearby primary school.