In June 2017, Active Schools East Dunbartonshire in partnership with Sports Development organised the inaugural ‘Celebration of Sport’ Event. The aim was to create a specific event for pupils with additional support needs. Active Schools invited pupils from both ASN schools and mainstream schools.
The Allander Leisure Centre in Milgavie was the venue for the day. The morning session was for pupils with learning disabilities and the afternoon session for pupils with more complex needs. Pupils participated in the sports of Football, Athletics and Boccia.
Support was on hand from local clubs and thanks go to Victoria Park Athletics Club, Springburn Harriers, The Tennis Aces, Milngavie Football Club and Lori Ure from SDS. All participants were given a ‘goody bag’ on departing the event in order to provide further information on how to get involved in local clubs.
Overall, 28 pupils attended with additional support needs.
It is plannedto run this event again in 2018, to further enhance the link between local clubs and schools, but to also continue to identify pupils in mainstream schools with additional support needs.