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Pupils with disabilities benefit from football festivals

Friday, 4 November 2016

Disability football festival

Pupils with disabilities developed physical and social skills at recent football festivals run by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR). 

More than 80 pupils from 13 primary and secondary schools took part in the festivals, which form part of the year-round Disability School Sports Programme. 

Ari Brooks, Disability Sports Development Officer with MSR, said:

‘Our 10-year Strategy for Sport outlines how sport and physical activity improves the lives of those with disabilities. 

‘Pupils participated in football in their own schools’ PE lessons in the lead-up to the festivals, developing balance and co-ordination skills as well as their teamwork and social skills. 

‘At the festivals, pupils put these skills to the test in a variety of fun and inclusive activities.’ 

Ann Corlett MHK and Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, Members of the Department of Education and Children, presented medals to pupils who took part. Mr Corkish chairs Tynwald’s Advisory Council for Disabilities. 

The Disability School Sports Programme started in September with tri-golf and continues with badminton and boccia festivals in January, kwik cricket in March, a girls’ football day in April and athletics in June.

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