P.E. WITH A TWIST; ECHO Education Students Adapt Sports for Disabled Pupils

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), February 3, 2009 | Go to article overview

P.E. WITH A TWIST; ECHO Education Students Adapt Sports for Disabled Pupils


Byline: by BEN TURNER Education Reporter

PUPILS were blindfolded in class as part of a project to ensure students with disabilities are involved in school life.

Students at Sudley junior school in Aigburth were the volunteers taking PE lessons with a twist.

A five-strong team of PE and education degree students from Liverpool John Moores university were behind the pioneering project.

As part of their second year studies, the group were tasked with coming up with a community project.

Using the name Adapt-ABLE, they came up with a brief to make young people aware of how they could join in sports that disabled people participate in, as well as showing them how sports can be adapted for disabled students.

After conducting their research at the city's Greenbank sports centre, the students then shared what they had learned with pupils at Sudley juniors, who they worked with for a month.

Tasks included blindfolding pupils so they could understand what playing sport might be like for the blind or partially sighted.

Able-bodied and disabled pupils also took part in a host of adapted games, including playing Boccia, which is similar to boules but the wheelchair-bound competitors roll a ball down a ramp.

They also played a floor version of lacrosse, which saw pupils use specially-adapted sticks to push the ball around. …

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