Pupils celebrate sport at Southwark SEN festival

On Wednesday 30th April the Southwark Special Educational Needs (SEN) Festival of Sport took place at Globe Academy. Over 300 pupils, from 13 schools across the borough, came together to experience a range of sports and activities, including seated volleyball, trampolining, boccia and cricket.

Organised by the London School Sports Network the Festival is all about pupils with a variety of different needs experiencing a range of sports and activities which they may not normally do. The activities were led by coaches such as Tom Middleton, a development coach for Paralympic Volleyball and Handball, and student sports leaders from Globe Academy.

Glyn Davies of the London PE & School Sport Network said, “The aim of the SEN Festivals of Sport is to get all children playing and involved with sport. We use these events to support teachers in showing how to incorporate Special Educational Needs in PE. Teachers and other adults are amazed when they see how much the students get from sport and how they also respond to it.

Mr James, Subject Leader for PE at Globe, and other Secondary Schools have been amazing supporting us for the last 8 years to deliver these events by giving up their sports halls and supplying us with some amazing young sports leaders. The look on children’s faces when taking part is priceless and makes it all so worth it.”

Theresa, from Globe Academy was one of the Sports Leaders on the day. She said “I’ve really enjoyed helping the children, especially those with Special Needs. I’ve been teaching them different tricks on the trampoline. It’s been really fun.”

Cameron, from Alfred Salter, who is a keen wheelchair basketball player, said “I’ve enjoyed sit-down volleyball and boccia the best. I just keep on practising to get better.”

The next Festival will take place in June at Bacons College.