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Inclusion in Sport

Photo Credit: RDM Primary School

RDM Primary School, Scone recently made contact to ask if we could develop a workshop for their primary Sports Committee in the school to explore Inclusion in Sport.  Such a forward thinking request and great to know that these young people will be inclusive leaders of the future.  Caroline prepared a bit of background knowledge in simplified terms for them to understand and also challenged them to think about how to include children who required extra support in their school community, and who these children might be e.g. children with disabilities, children who have moved recently to the school or even children with a primary language different to theirs.  She also asked them to wear eye masks and walk slowly around the classroom as a scenario to provide them with an experiential understanding of what it might be like to have a visual impairment.  There was some great discussion after this!  We then moved into the hall where the pupils were offered leadership opportunities to explore different activities and how to adapt them.  All 15 pupils were fantastically enthusiastic and we look forward to revisiting the school in the future to watch them support their fellow pupils, particularly in the autistic base in the school.  Making Sport Fit received the following feedback from the school after the workshop:

“Caroline from Making Sport Fit, recently delivered a training session for our P4-7 Sports Committee as part of our whole-school wider achievement afternoons. The focus of the training, and the project the committee are currently working on, centres on inclusion in sport.  Having recently been awarded our Gold School Sport Award, we had identified inclusion in sport as an area for further development within our on-going action plan. Caroline was very flexible in tailoring the training to meet the objectives of our project and delivered a session which sensitively encouraged pupils to understand that we all have the same motivations for engaging in sport, yet some of us need a bit of help from others to reduce potential barriers to inclusion. The practical part of the session allowed pupils to experience different sporting activities such as Boccia and encouraged them to think about how to adapt sessions safely to allow everyone to take part. Opportunity was also given for the pupils to plan and lead small games-based activities to their peers; encouraging them to be creative and to begin to develop their own leadership in sport skills. Thank you, Caroline, for very thought-provoking session and for the fantastic resources which pupils will now refer to when planning sessions for their peers in the Specialist Provision”

The plan is to use this experience and feedback to approach Education Services to encourage a roll out across all schools!  Making Sport Fit offers tailored solutions and we certainly hit the spot on this occasion!

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