YOUNGSTERS with special needs were able to take part in their own version of the Olympic Games.
The Phoenix School organised the ‘Inclusion Games 2012’ at The Meres Leisure Centre, after receiving grant cash to make it happen.
The Grantham school was one of 125 schools from across the UK to be awarded funding to support other special schools in the area by holding the event. It targeted pupils with special educational needs in the local area and provided them with a chance to try new activities and socially interact with pupils from other schools.
Pupils competed in a variety of different activities, including track and field athletics, football, badminton, table tennis, boccia and table cricket. They also took part in the pro kick challenge by kicking, throwing or rolling balls and other objects into an inflatable goal and having the speed recorded.
Darren Taxis, from The Phoenix School, said: “The two-day event was fantastic and I hope all of the pupils and staff who took part in the activities enjoyed themselves.”
In a bid to further motivate and inspire the youngsters, local and international sporting stars were invited along.
Athletes included runner Daniel Caines, rugby player Freddie Tuilagi and Grantham’s own Clive Wright. Daniel was the World 400m Indoor Champion in 2001, Freddie is an international rugby player for Samoa and played for the Leicester Tigers, and Clive was an international Paralympic weightlifter.
They were joined by Nottingham rugby players, their manager and mascot.
The ‘Inclusion Games 2012’ were funded by the Department for Education ‘Plan Your 2012’ scheme, with support from London 2012 education programme Get Set.
Mr Taxis said: “I’d like to thank everyone that has helped out during the preparation and delivery. We were very fortunate to have school games organiser Mark Sayle, several platinum sports ambassadors and SSCo’s help out across the two days and their enthusiasm and hard work were greatly appreciated.
“The Inclusion Games were a huge success and all of the pupils enjoyed participating in the events and meeting some professional sports stars.”