Inclusive School Games Event at Clements Hall Leisure Centre

Essex Local Delivery Pilot

In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, the School Games initiative is part of the core programme to engage children and inspire them to lead active lifestyles. We’re keen for our School Games to be inclusive for all young people, particularly those with disabilities and want to harness important changing attitudes towards disabled children and young people in sport and activity.

As part of this years School Games programme, and to ensure it’s as inclusive as possible, a curling and volleyball event took place at Clements Hall Leisure Centre on Tuesday 1st March 2022. After the success of the GB Curling Team at the Beijing Winter Olympics, seeing us take home two Olympic medals, it was great for the children to give the sport a try themselves.

15 schools got involved with the School Games, with an overall 107 children in attendance and 89 of the children being SEND children.

The children that attended the event shared; “Everyone should get the opportunity to play and feel happy when doing it.” Another added; “I liked getting out with my friends and the curling match was fun.”

We want to end the negative perception around disability, ensuring inclusion in physical activity and sport, and ask Who Says it’s not a real sport if you must adapt it? In support of the Activity Alliance campaign, we want to move the conversation on from misconceptions of what is and isn’t possible for disabled people in sport and shift out-of-date views on disability.

If you want to find out more about the Who Says campaign and the important work, they are doing around empowering people and challenging perceptions of disability, read here: