Sporty session at Stevenage school is a real hub hit

Chair of governors Helen Hanbury, deputy lieutenant of Hertfordshire Sally Burton, head of achieveme

Chair of governors Helen Hanbury, deputy lieutenant of Hertfordshire Sally Burton, head of achievement at Youth Sport Trust Kevin Barton, mayor of Stevenage Cllr Professor Howard Burrell, director of Stevenage sporting futures team Jill Eaton, judo paralympian Ian Rose, Lonsdale school headteacher Anne Mari Ottridge and Lonsdale youth ambassador Sean Morrison at the launch of their wheelchair sports hub - Credit: Archant

There was an exciting expanse of sports on offer for pupils at Stevenage’s Lonsdale School as they tackled archery, football, tennis and golf, among other energetic pursuits, on Thursday.

A Lonsdale student has a go at a throwing event during the launch of their wheelchair sports hub

A Lonsdale student has a go at a throwing event during the launch of their wheelchair sports hub - Credit: Archant

PE teacher Michelle Woolley organised the event and said: “It was really successful and the children absolutely loved it. Hopefully now they have seen what is out there for them and they will be able to pursue it for themselves.”

The special school was given ‘wheelchair hub’ status by the Youth Sports Trust in March.

This means the Brittain Way school will be supplied with specialised equipment and become an ambassador for disability support in the area.

It has already set up wheelchair tennis and dance clubs and will look to expand on these in the next academic year.

The idea of the scheme is to bring sport to more people, both pupils in the school and to the wider community.

By winning the status, it becomes one of only nine schools in the country to hold the title.

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