Children from 4 local Primary Schools met at St. George's Central School in Tyldesley for a unique 'taster' session in the inclusive sport, Smite! The event, which was organised by ATSA was led by Ian Crosby from the 'All Inclusive Sports Project'.
Ian has represented England and Wales at CP Sport World Athletics games and he was a national junior disability athletics champion between 1995-2000. Since then he has progressed into coaching and sports development which has culminated in him establishing his social enterprise (All Inclusive Sports Project). Ian has links with authorities in Greater Manchester and this is the second time he has worked in the Wigan area, with ATSA
Children from SGC, St. Michael's, Sacred Heart and Tyldesley Primary all played the game which is similar to ten pin bowling. There are 10 numbered pins set up and the aim is to use a stick or ball to knock them down to reach a target score of fifty. If you knock down one pin you score the number that is on that pin, however, if you knock more than one pin down then the number of pins you knock down is your score. To make things interesting, any pins knocked down are stood back up wherever they 'land' in the room. This means that a large area is needed as the pins can be knocked quite a distance.
This is when players use their maths skills and a strategy to win this games as you need to finish on a score of fifty and so you may need to aim just one pin to reach that score. Should you score more than fifty, then your score returns to twenty five!
All the children enjoyed this event and many were keen to sign up to our next inclusive events that will be taking place in May 2015 which will be a VX 'taster' session and then a VX competition between local schools.
These inclusive sports events are now a permanent fixture in our annual calendar of events so that children of all abilities can access a variety of physical activities.
The picture above shows Ian with the children who took part in the session.
Mr M Grogan
Headteacher at St. George's Central
Lead teacher for Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA)