Breaking down barriers and enabling all abilities to take part and have fun.
In Lincolnshire, our School Games Organisers (SGOs) deliver inclusive inter-school events across the county, working within their local school sport partnership area (SSP) to create opportunities that engage every child.
Here are some of the inclusive sports our School Games Organisers coordinate:
- Boccia – a Paralympic sport similar to bowls, played on a court that’s roughly the same size as a badminton court. Originally designed for people with cerebral palsy, it’s now played by people with a wide range of disabilities. There are a range of Boccia balls to suit most circumstances, including balls with bells in for people with sight loss.
- New Age Kurling – a form of the original curling game, adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall. The game can be played seated, with a pusher or ramp, or by hand.
- Inclusive Golf – played with eight stations that focus on the skills of the game. Players are scored on team spirit and performance, based on the rules of tri-golf – an official alternative version of golf created for primary school children. The game uses light plastic clubs and a rubber ball, making it very safe and much easier to hit, along with a range of different coloured targets that can be attached to the walls and floor – either indoors or outside.
- Sitting Volleyball – a Paralympic sport played sitting with at least one buttock in contact with the floor. Although the game is mainly played by amputees and those with lower limb impairment, people without a disability can also play. The court is the same size as a traditional volleyball court, with the net being lowered.
- Goalball – a Paralympic sport where the aim of the game is to score a goal by throwing or rolling the ball (with bells in to make a noise) across the opponent’s goal line. Designed for people who are blind or partially sighted, the sport is a fast-paced, action-packed game of attack and defence. It’s also non-invasive, with players required to stay within their team zone and wear eyeshades at all times during a match. The game, which is played on a volleyball court, can also be played by people without sight loss.
At Active Lincolnshire, we work with a range of local partners, organisations and services to support our School Games Organisers to deliver inclusive opportunities across the county.
St George’s Academy
St George’s Academy is Lincolnshire’s Lead Inclusion School, selected for their recognised expertise in encouraging young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to participate, compete and lead through PE, physical activity and school sport.
To find out more about St George’s Academy, contact by email with the subject line ‘Inclusive school’. You can also learn more by reaching out to one of our Sport Project Leads at Jess Lovett or Ian Brown.
Primary Change4Life Sports Clubs
Primary Change4Life Sports Clubs have been created to increase physical activity levels in less active seven to nine-year-olds through multi-sport themes. The clubs strive to create an exciting and inspirational environment for children to engage in school sport, encouraging them to make physical activity a lifelong habit – helping to reduce their risk of chronic disease in later life.
School Games Organisers (SGOs) have been tasked with delivering these clubs locally – with support from Active Partnerships like us.
Sainsbury's Inclusive PE Training
Through their Inclusive PE Training Programme, Sainsbury’s offers free training workshops and resources for teachers, trainee teachers and staff. Led by expert practitioners, the training is designed to improve your confidence, knowledge and skills in the delivery of inclusive physical education.
Inclusive Health Check
The School Games website has launched a free Inclusive Health Check tool, giving schools the chance to assess themselves and their provision against national criteria. It also lets schools identify their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to recognise which areas need further development.
TOP Sportsability is a free online resource for schools, offering practical advice to teachers, learning support staff and other sports practitioners to support inclusive school sport. The resource consists of video clips and downloadable content, highlighting ideas and strategies around the inclusion of young disabled people in physical activity. You can register for the free online programme here.