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Year 8 boys experience blind sport

 As part of Stamford School’s ‘Olympic Legacy Week’, a representative from British Blind Sport visited the School to organise an afternoon of blind sporting activities for the boys.

George Ferguson, Sport Development Advisor at British Blind Sport, gave the boys a real insight into the charity and the value of its work. During a special assembly, George was presented with a cheque for £1040, which was raised from several fundraising activities. Then the Year 8s took part in an afternoon of blind awareness activities at the new Sports Centre.

The boys were split into groups and learnt what it is like to be a blind/partially sighted person in sports such as football, cricket, tennis and water polo. The Year 8s gained an understanding of the importance of teamwork and helping one another in all of the activities. They also gained a real insight into the opportunities available for blind/partially sighted people in sport and the impact that the Paralympics has had in making sport accessible to all.

Helen Chew, charity co-ordinator at Stamford School, commented: “The students learnt invaluable lessons about the achievements made by visually impaired sportsmen and women as well as gaining an insight into the adjustments needed to make sport an enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Stamford School Headmaster, Will Phelan, said “The activities gave the boys an appreciation of how difficult living with a disability can be, whilst also highlighting to them how much fun disabled sport can be. It was a great event which the boys will remember for a long time.”