Several pupils from East Renfrewshire recently took part in a regional, Para-Sport festival at Ravenscraig Sports Complex courtesy of Active Schools and Scottish Disability Sport (SDS)
Williamwood, Mearns Castle, Woodfarm, St Ninian's and Our Lady of the Missions were all represented at the annual event which encourages sports participation for children from mainstream schools who are aged Primary 6 to Secondary 2 and who have a physical disability and/or visual impairment.
The pupils participated in a range of sports including Judo, Football, Basketball, Athletics, Cycling, Rowing and Boccia through a partnership project 'Inspiring Sport'. Overall 55 young people with Physical Disabilities and Visual Impairments enjoyed the day, eleven of which were from East Renfrewshire.
Inspiring Sport aims to enhance the lives of young people and adults with physical, learning and sensory disabilities in the West of Scotland through the medium of sport and physical activity and through various means, encourages participation which is beneficial for a healthy lifestyle and social interaction.
The event was supported by coaches from Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, scottishathletics, judoscotland, tennisscotland, Scottish Rowing, Scottish Cycling, Table Tennis Scotland and Scottish Boccia, and Celtic Football Club Community Coaches coached the football sessions during the event.
Volunteer coaches from clubs across the West, St Mirren Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club, Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club, Drumchapel Table Tennis Club and Movement Park Judo were also assisting on the day.
The event was a great success with all of the young people fully involved in a range of activities which were based on fun and enjoyment and which encourages future participation in sport.
A number of the participants were treated to an inspirational talk delivered by para athletes, Stephen McGuire, BC4 Boccia World Champion and Team GB member and Kayleigh Haggo, Scottish Swimming Squad member. Stephen and Kayleigh gave a fantastic insight into their journey in sport from starting out and their future ambitions and certainly gave their audience something to aim for in the future.
The event also welcomed Kieran Tierney, first team player for Celtic, who joined the participants in some of the sports, signed t-shirts and took some 'selfies' with the excited youngsters.
The pupils who attended from East Renfrewshire really enjoyed all the activities offered. Coaches engaged all pupils no matter what disability they had and it was so inspiring to see all pupils having fun and trying all the sports. Both the cycling and rowing seemed to be extremely popular and the governing bodies seemed impressed with the pupils abilities and potential. A few pupils were identified by the talent scouts and will be signposted to specific sports clubs or talent development squads. It was good to inform the pupils of all the opportunities out there and how they can achieve at the highest level. Who knows, maybe we will find the next Andrew Mullen?!
Marie Baxter, Active School Coordinator (Woodfarm Cluster) - ASN Lead
If you are interested in sports activities for children with additional support needs in East Renfrewshire, please contact Marie Baxter, Active School Coordinator (Woodfarm Cluster) on 07800 629690 or email BaxterM1@ea.e-renfrew.sch.uk
You can also find out more about this event or disability sport in the West of Scotland by contacting Lynn Allison - firstname.lastname@example.org / 07974 448580 or Lori Ure - email@example.com / 07806 815591 from Scottish Disability Sport
Created 2 December 2016