17th - 21st May 2021
Over the week 17th – 21st May Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) ran the Virtual School Games Paralympic Festival, LRS' second ever virtual event. Throughout the week there was a variety of Paralympic sports and challenges delivered through a dedicated resources webpage on the LRS website and through the Virtual Together App.
The aim of this week was to promote engagement and participation in Paralympic sport to all young people across the county in the build up to the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics. LRS worked alongside a range of National Governing Bodies, Organisations and the SSPAN Network to ensure a county wide reach so all young people had the opportunity to participate in para-sport.
Thank you to everyone who got involved and we hope you enjoyed and made the most of all the activities.
If you want to get involved in any more activities and challenges we are running the Virtual School Games Summer Championships 2021 are running 21st - 25th June, during National School Sport Week. Check out our webpage here: https://www.lrsport.org/schoolgameschampionships
Resource and Activity Plans Portal
Here you will find activity plans and resources created by NGB's and Delivers to promote and introduce their sport to all young people involve in the Paralympic Festival Week. These resources can be used in schools as lesson plans with multiple adaptions to take into account varying levels of equipment, space and ability.
There was a wide range of offers throughout the week to get involved with:
- An Opening Ceremony and warm up delivered by Dan Powell.
- 13 challenges from 5 para-sports, delivered through our Virtual Together App.
- A competitive and non-competitive Virtual Boccia offer.
- Resources for 7 Paralympic Sports along with MATP and ELEMENTS resources.
- Introductory videos to each sport.
Virtual Together App Challenges
Our Virtual Together App hosted a new challenge everyday throughout the Paralympic Festival Week!
Engagement Highlights/ Stats
- 345 total engagements with the Virtual Together App over the festival week.
- 163 total downloads from the Paralympic Festival resource web page.
- 14 schools involved in the Virtual Boccia offering (Both competitive and non-competitive offers.)
For more challenges resources be sure to check out the Virtual School Games Summer Championships 2021 webpage for more challenges throughout the week 21st - 25th June.
Paralympic Festival Opening Ceremony Recording
Thank you to all schools who joined us for the Paralympic Festival Opening Ceremony! Hopefully you learnt a bit about the Paralympics and are all warmed up for a week of activities and challenges. If you did miss it, not to worry, here is a recording so you can use it in your schools throughout the Paralympic Festival week.
A big thank you to Dan Powell for leading the warm up and answering your questions. We wish him good luck for Tokyo 2021!
•This recording is edited so that school Zoom screens ARE NOT VISIBLE to anyone watching the recording back at a later date.
•We will start the week with an introduction from some special guests including Paralympian, Dan Powell and a warm up session to get you ready to be active.
•Schools can register to take part in this LIVE Opening Ceremony in school via the link below.
•PLEASE NOTE: The Opening Ceremony will be recorded and will remain active on our website (www.lrsport.org/virtualschoolgamesparalympicfestival) so schools can access it whenever they wish during the week of activity. So even if you aren't able to be a part of our LIVE Opening Ceremony, you can re-create it for yourselves whenever you like!
•This recording will be edited so that school Zoom screens ARE NOT VISIBLE to anyone watching the recording back at a later date.
Virtual Zoom Boccia Tournament
The Virtual Boccia opportunity is good to go!!
Some really good involvement in both competitive and non-competitive offers throughout the week. Results are now in.
Results and podiums downloadable now. Congratulations to the winners English Martyrs (Primary) and Ellesmere College (Secondary).
The non-competitive offer was a great platform to get to play a few boccia games across the week. Thank you to the schools involved and we hope you enjoyed it:
- Ashmount School
- Wolsey House Primary School
- Ellesmere College - Special School
- Babington Academy - Secondary school
- Birkett House School - Special School
- Merrydale Junior School
- Lutterworth College - Secondary
- 14 schools were involved in the Virtual Boccia competitive and non-competitive offers.
- At least 64 young people took part in at least one a boccia games in this week
- Having a competitive and non-competitive offer was well received and inclusive
Final Boccia Competition Results:
Resources from SSPANS
Resources from SSPAN's coming soon!
This section will include Paralympic Sports based ideas and activity created by the SGO's in the SSPAN Network. These can be use within school as a lesson plan or to give young people some ideas for home based activities
Sports Development Assistant
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport
I am currently remote working, so please contact me via email/mobile phone (where provided).
- 01509 564858