What is it like to run wearing a blindfold or play a game of basketball while in a wheelchair?
Children at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne have been finding out after taking part in a series of sensory deprivation challenges, designed to show them what it might be like to participate in sport with a disability.
Almost 300 pupils and staff took part in the day on July 4, trying out football and the long jump while blindfolded, among other things.
It also helped to raise money to put towards new equipment for the school, including a special hoist to improve disabled access to the indoor pool in their new sports centre.
St Andrew’s headteacher Jonathan Bartlett said: “It was a fantastic day and the staff were incredibly proud seeing children of different ages working so well together.
“All the children loved participating in wheelchair basketball and tethered running.
“It was wonderful to see the children empathising with what it might feel like to partake in a sport with a disability.”
Disability sport organisation SportsAble set up the day to help pupils gain a better understanding of disabilities.
Ex-Commonwealth Paralympic swimmer Damian Ng is a representative for SportsAble, and was impressed with how the St Andrew’s pupils took to the challenge.
He said: “We really appreciated the opportunity to deliver disability sport and to promote awareness for disability and our charity among the school.
“The children were absolutely fantastic and took the tasks with enthusiasm and lots of energy. We were impressed by their engagement and hope that they enjoyed the activities and want to learn more.
“The school is very forward thinking in its approach to welcoming the wider community into its new facility and we can’t wait to partner with them again.”