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Disability Sports Day at Xcel Leisure Centre

Year 12 Btec Health and Social Care students had the opportunity to participate with a Disability Sports Day held at the Xcel Leisure Centre in Canley.
The experience had students getting involved with students with various disabilities during a sports day, and to ensure they would have an unforgettable day.

When walking towards the sports hall, the idea of caring for another individual who had special needs, made me a little aprehensive about my volunteering placement. Although I was feeling nervous, it was comforting to know that my class mates were feeling the same way.

As we entered the sports hall, we met with the students who had various disabilities. They began to jump and smile with excitement on seeing the equipment laid out in front of them.

During the day, we kept scores, helped with games such as ‘Connect Four’ (many of the students were not able to place the counters inside the grid), observed them playing darts and simply made sure that they were okay and were happy. Our intention was to help them have a fun filled day.

I had an amazing experience when interacting with the students, talking about everyday situations as we would speaking to our peers. It brought to my attention that we can be a little judgemental without understanding the needs of others. We all have the same desire to be happy and enjoy our lives. Our different qualities make us unique and define us.

I cannot express my appreciation towards my teachers Ms Rooke and Miss Miller for such an amazing opportunity. – Aliyah Saghir

This experience was one of the best I’ve had this year. Before going there, I was really worried because I didn’t know how confident I'd be with the students, but as soon as we got there I found it so easy to support them and I learnt that no one should be underestimated. – Sharon Agyekum

Spending time with the disabled students was amazing. It made me aware of the different areas of work that I could look into in the near future and also helped further develop my skills; I would gladly do it again – Amy Moore