We are delighted to have delivered training to equip 16 young leaders at Alexandra Park School to officiate at the London Youth Games Sitting Volleyball tournament.

Delivered by Hugh Elsegood, Partnerships Manager and Matthew Jackson, Project Officer, we provided training on disability awareness as well as the chance to enjoy some practical experience.

Brendan Amooty, Head of PE at Alexandra Park School, said, ‘Many thanks to Hugh and Matt who delivered a fun and very informative workshop for our enthusiastic sports leaders, who will be officiating next week at the London Youth Games Seated Volleyball Competition at Redbridge Sports Centre.

‘Our sports leaders from Year 9 & 10 started the session reflecting on the variety of sports that are on offer for disabled people and how different inclusive sports are aimed at athletes with different impairment types. We then thought about how we should communicate appropriately and effectively with disabled people.’

‘This was followed by a practical session where the leaders got to understand how to set up the equipment and playing area and they learnt the rules of sitting volleyball whilst thinking of safety considerations. They took it in turns to play games and umpire the matches.’

‘By the end of the session, the leaders were feeling very confident and excited about next week's opportunity to volunteer and become part of the London Youth Games' Game Force team by officiating at the largest annual youth sports event in Europe.’

‘The workshop helped to develop our students’ empathy and open mindedness and the timing couldn't have been any better with it being National Volunteering Week.’

The London Youth Games Sitting Volleyball Tournament takes place on 16 June,

To find out how we can help your organisation to improve understanding of inclusive sport, contact Hugh Elsegood, Partnerships Manager – hugh@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk

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