Sporting Superstars at Ellesmere College
As we draw ever closer to the Easter break, we take the time to reflect on some of the sporting experiences and achievements within the college over the last few weeks.
On the 27th March, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Special Olympics Great Britain, Ellesmere Active organised an Elements festival, offering young disabled people from a number of local schools the opportunity to take part in a number of different activities. These included Motor Activity Training Programme, Outdoor Learning, games and dance. Teachers and teaching assistants had attended a training course with the view of raising standards and opportunities within the school environment, and were mentored on the day by specialist tutors in order to support their provision in school.
The following day saw Ellesmere holding a highly anticipated BMX festival, a culmination of the BMX sessions that have taken place in school throughout the year. Again, students from several local special schools across the city and county gathered to take part. The day was relaxing, yet fun-filled, with activities, race and free play, as well as a special guest appearance from ‘Streetvibe’ and their fun bus with games and music.
As part of our role as a Youth Sport Trust Project Ability Lead School, on Monday 3rd April, Ellesmere College teamed up with four SKY Living for Sport athlete mentors in a joint programme to both inspire young people across the College and to further develop the skills of mentors. Sam Ruddock, Nicola Minichiello, Leon Baptiste and Joe Roebuck were involved in a whole school assembly before supporting students in various tutor groups and lessons*. Mentors were able to use their personal experiences in sport to help students consider the values of friendship, respect, equality, determination and excellence to motivate and inspire students in their learning. They even had time for some personal challenges, including a football challenge match against students, running races and virtual bobsleigh teams. The day also provided the athlete mentors with an opportunity to learn from staff at Ellesmere about teaching and learning strategies for students with a wider range of learning and communication needs. Staff and students had a fantastic day, and would love to welcome any of the mentors back to visit in the future!
In a similar vein, on Wednesday 5th April the annual Leicestershire and Rutland School Games Spring Championships were held at Loughborough University, with Ellesmere teams competing in both Boccia and Basketball tournaments whilst representing West Leicestershire. Close to 900 athletes from 45 schools competed in over 100 teams during the course of the day, so it is a fantastic result for us to come away from the event with second place results for both our Phase 1 Boccia team and Phase 2 Basketball team. It is also highly pleasing (although not at all surprising to those who know our students) to see our Phase 1 Boccia team coming away as proud recipients of a ‘Spirit of the Games’ award.
As a college, we are immensely proud of all our students’ sporting achievements, and love to see the happy faces that are almost guaranteed at the conclusion of these events.
*Further information on any of the Sky Sports Living for Sport athletes involved can be found at: https://livingforsport.skysports.com/mentors.