Wheelchair boost to sports at school

The donation of six sports wheelchairs as part of paralympic legacy funding to Brigshaw High school.'Harry Pickering, Rob Jackson, Bethany Verelst, Jack Pickering, Elly Gilvarry
The donation of six sports wheelchairs as part of paralympic legacy funding to Brigshaw High school.'Harry Pickering, Rob Jackson, Bethany Verelst, Jack Pickering, Elly Gilvarry
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Pupils can get active thanks to six new sports wheelchairs which Brigshaw High School has bought thanks to a Paralympics legacy grant.

The Allerton Bywater school bought the wheelchairs, which can be used by both disabled and able-bodied students, with a grant from the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust.

The PE department at Brigshaw will be introducing inclusive zone basketball into PE lessons and the inclusion department is working with pupils on seat transfer skills to increase the number of students who can benefit from the new wheelchairs.

The school applied for the funding for the wheelchairs from the trust’s Paralympic legacy fund, to support the success of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Gavin Parkinson, trust sports co-ordinator at Brigshaw, said: “Brigshaw is a fully inclusive school and receiving these wheelchairs has provided a fantastic opportunity for our disabled students to become fully involved in the PE curriculum.

“It is also a great way for our able-bodied students to appreciate the difficulties faced by some of our wheelchair users.”

The school hopes the new wheelchairs will further develop an all-inclusive learning environment at the school, as well as increase students’ mobility and give them the chance to compete equally.

Jane Young, director of the Sylvia Adams Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Brigshaw.Disabled young people will now have more opportunities to get involved in sport, for fun or to set them on a path to become future Paralympians.”