Merseyside encourages school children to get active

More than 150 young people took part in the Merseyside’s Step into Sport Conference at Greenbank Sports Academy on 28th January 2016.

The purpose of the conference was to teach inclusion, health, well-being and leadership skills to pupils of the 14 Merseyside schools who attended. This information was shared in a range of ways including workshops, presentations and fun sports activities.

Step into Sport offered pupils the chance to take part in a range of activities including visually impaired boccia, resistance training, wheelchair dancing and Paralympic challenges. There was even a mini Rampworx Skate Park!

There were also talks to inform children about making healthier diet choices including problems with sugary drinks.

Conference organiser Jon White from Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion School for Merseyside, Clare Mount School Specialist Sports College commented:

“Over 150 young leaders, many with special educational needs or disabilities, have come today to a national centre of excellence for inclusive sport and physical activity to take part in a leadership conference.  For some of these leaders it might be their first ‘Step into Sport’ whilst for others it was a chance to further develop impressive leadership, coaching and volunteering profiles.  All young leaders were trained to adapt PE and sport, to action plan and go back to school and advocate for different sports such as Rampworx, and about the importance of a healthy diet.”

The event was organised in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Bebington High Sports Collegel and Greenbank Sports Academy.