The final session of the Active Schools ‘Causeway Paralympic Super Six Club’ was held at Loreto College on Wednesday 26th March, and a successful completion of the programme by the students attending and the coaches leading it was celebrated.
The ‘Causeway Paralympic Super Six Club’ ran in Loreto College since January this year, offering one session each week for children from Year 4- Year 14, with a physical disability, who attend mainstream school in the local area (Coleraine, Ballymoney and Ballycastle Borough Councils
Active Schools is a small grants programme developed, funded and administered by Sport Northern Ireland. It aims to assist projects that enable the delivery of new and sustained opportunities for children and young people to participate in two hours per week of extra-curricular sports and physical recreation.
Each session at the Loreto College club included two sports, delivered by qualified coaches. The sports included Indoor Athletics, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Boccia, Tennis and New Age Curling. The feedback from parents and children alike was very positive and on the final night, children were presented with participation certificates.
All those who facilitated the programme paid tribute to Sport Northern Ireland for their support in bringing the project to fruition.
Thanks were also offered to the Active Community coaches, Sport development Officers, Disability NI, Paul Logan Tennis, a local Paediatric Physiotherapist from Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the volunteer teachers and pupils from Loreto College who made it all possible. Through this club, children got the chance to try different sports and enjoyed being able to participate and compete with other children with a physical disability.
The Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland, Antoinette McKeown, said: “Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to support schools in developing and delivering extra-curricular activities. The Active Schools programme will create opportunities for pupils to take part in sport and physical activity, helping to increase participation.
“This project is an excellent example of partnership working and at Sport Northern Ireland we are continuing to work hard on developing and strengthening partnerships between schools, community and voluntary organisations and sports clubs.”