UWE Bristol plays host to special educational needs sports event

Issue date: 05 February 2013

UWE Bristol recently played host to a Special Educational Needs sport event;“SEN-DICE”; (DICE standing for the Paralympic values; determination, inspiration, courage, equality). The event; a collaboration between UWE Bristol's Sports Development team and Claremont School in Bristol; was funded through the UWE Better Together Fund, sponsored by Deloitte and granted the official 'Inspired by London 2012' logo.

The event was designed as a follow up to the Paralympics, to pass on the flame of inspiration to young people. The event was for children from local SEN schools and children with special educational needs from mainstream education. 80 primary school aged children attended from Claremont School, Knowle DGE, Ilminster Ave Specialist Children's Nursery, Oasis Academy New Oak, New Fosseway and Warmley Park.

Philip Hicks, Sport Development Officer at UWE Bristol said, “Events such as these provide our volunteers with real life experiences and the opportunity to develop transferable skills, which they can take forward into their chosen profession. Being involved in the EDGE sports volunteering programme enhances students' CV's, making them stand out from the crowd and increasing their chances of employment following graduation.”

Professor Ron Ritchie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement attended the event; “I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the chance to see so many young people with special needs having a great time at UWE.”

The event was staffed by UWE Bristol students involved in the EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme. Ron Ritchie added, “The opportunities for UWE students to gain valuable experience is another very positive outcome of such events. Events like these help us demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity and demonstrate our support for schools we sponsor such as New Fosseway.”

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.

To view further images from the sports event click here.

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