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20 October 2021 Ensuring that disabled students have access to the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers.

Newham College has joined the AoC Sport Inclusion Hub programme, an initiative aimed at supporting colleges to get more disabled students active.

The Sports Enrichment team has an enduring commitment to ensuring sport and physical activity is inclusive for all our students, regardless of their disability or learning difficulty, with special attention paid to our SEND learners. This recognition provides further opportunities to continue to develop and improve our offer, whilst sharing best practices with other colleges. We will strive to work towards the AoC Sports vision of ‘every student active’, a vision we firmly believe in.

Sport for all

Physical activity is beneficial for all and is recommended by medical professionals to stay healthy. There should never be limitations for anyone to get active. Becoming an inclusion hub will support our students with disabilities by giving them further opportunities to engage in regular activity through a combination of multi-sport, dance, tennis, trampolining and boxing sessions.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop transferrable/employability skills on a sports leader’s qualification. We also hope to continue to upskill our staff to be able to support all learners within sports sessions.

We will continue to ensure there is always a wide variety of activities for students to participate in, with attention paid to any adaptations required to support all students. Sports Enrichment staff regularly liaise with staff and students to gain feedback and suggestions for further development.

There will also be two students from our SEN area to act as representatives for the students as ‘Inclusive Ambassadors’. These ambassadors will assist the Sports Enrichment team in improving student engagement and aid in transitioning disability sports sessions into the wider sport enrichment delivery. This process has already begun with a former FOCUS learner now representing the college football team.

We hope this is just the first of many successes in this academic year and look forward to enriching all students lives through sport.

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