UWE Bristol hosts special educational needs sports event

Issue date: 18 June 2012

UWE Bristol played host to a 'SEN-DICE' (Special Educational Needs, Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Equality) event on Wednesday 13 June. The event, a collaboration between UWE Bristol's Sports Development team and Claremont School in Bristol, was funded through the UWE Better Together Fund, with sponsorship from Deloitte and granted the official 'Inspired by London 2012 logo'.

The event was themed as a 'Paralympic' taster event aimed at children from local special schools and children with special educational needs from mainstream education. 60 children attended from Claremont School, Redland Green School, Brislington Enterprise College, Kingsweston School and Briarwood School.

Philip Hicks, Sport Development Officer at UWE, Bristol said, “The young people took part in a range of Paralympic sports delivered by National Governing Body coaches which included; wheelchair basketball, athletics, boccia and judo. We were privileged to have Liam Harkness (Visually Impaired judo athlete) attend the event and coach the young people. The event was a resounding success and the team are already planning next year's event.”

UWE Bristol's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement, Ron Ritchie added, “The young people's engagement was inspiring and they were all clearly having a great time at UWE Bristol, which I hope they'll remember.”

UWE Better Together Fund offers grants of up to £3000 and aims to enrich a range of different projects, particularly those with an educational focus from community learning festivals to local art projects, healthy schools initiatives and cultural celebrations.

UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport is an official training camp for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information about UWE's Centre for Sport and its involvement in the 2012 Olympics, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/sport.


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