Thirty five students from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough spent the day at Impington Village College, the new Project Ability lead school, learning new ways to adapt both mainstream and disability sports.
They were put through their paces in athletics, boccia, new age kurling, sitting volleyball and table cricket, looking at how these sports could be adapted for young disabled people with different disabilities, such as visual impairments, reduced physical mobility, hearing impairment and wheelchair users.
The day was full of activity and the ideas flowed as the students became more confident with each other. Many attending were inspired and keen to start some of the new activities back in their school at lunchtime clubs. All of the students will be helping to run their Partnership’s Adapted Multi Sport Competitions over the next two terms.
Fran Williamson, double Paralympian and medalist, was also on hand to talk to the students about her rise to success and how volunteers had helped her to become World Champion in Swimming.
Indeed Fran started her swimming career, when she learnt to swim whilst a student at Impington Village College herself! Fran has been a great inspiration to many IVC students since and still lives locally.
Project Ability Young Ambassador, Hannah Jones, also a swimmer, opened the day with a great introduction and welcome! Thanks must go to Joan Griffiths, IVC Project Ability lead and Glenda Mee for organising such a fantastic day!