South Thames College is running activities as part of it's Disability Awareness Week
Colourful activities are taking place including blind football, sitting volleyball and a wheelchair basketball competition. Team GB Paralympic athlete and Sitting Volleyball player Andy Skinner took part in the activities because “99% of people don’t realise that sitting volleyball exists. It’s a sport for able bodied and disabled people. We’re here to bring the sport to the community and show that anyone can play it.”
In addition to sporting events, students can find out about a range of topics such as volunteering, health care, sign language and they can also watch recordings of Paralympic athletes.
The aim of the week is to highlight the interesting and challenging sports disabled people can participate in, to shine a light on the Paralympic Games and remind students of the resilience we all need when presented with a challenge to our health and wellbeing.
College Learner Support Coordinator Claire Curley said:
“The fun and interactive games will help students understand both the challenges and opportunities paralympic athletes face. The College has amazing support systems in place for people with disabilities and weeks like this help to celebrate their achievements.”
20 year old South Thames College Sports student Jake Mehdawi commented
“People are not really aware that disabled people can play lots of sports so I thought I’d come along to find out more.”
Thamesfield Jim Maddan endorsed the week saying:
“The council’s delighted to support this worthwhile event, which will help people with disabilities make the most out of living in Wandsworth.”
May 11, 2011