The School Games incorporates Special Schools into the whole programme, ensuring competitive opportunities are available to all young people. This could be as a participant, leader or supporter.



Building upon the success and excitment of the Olympics and Paralympics, this will be a chance for local Special School representatives to come together and plan sporting events and competitions for 2012/13. More so than ever before we will be looking to work with local sporting and educational partners such as Active Golucestershire, The National Star College, The University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College and many National Governing Bodies of Sport (i.e. Boccia anf Football). This results in improved quality events, sharing expertise, resources such as equipment and facilities as well as workforce.

An exciting year ahead.....

Sportsability Leaders

The 2012 Gloucestershire Step into Sport Leadership Workshop ran on Thursday 18th October at Bournside School. It saw over 30 young people, some with a disability and some who are abled bodied from across the County coming together to develop their leadership skills.


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The training helped the leaders be more aware of 'inclusion' and how to adapt sessions to ensure every participant is involved. This was done through group work and theory tasks as well as developing a range of ideas using the Sportsability Equipment Bags (Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Goalball etc).

Vicki Clasper, The Projectability Lead from Bournside School did a great job of organising the day, and we were even lucky enough to be joined by The GB Paralympic Archery Silver Medalist, Mel Carke. Mel spoke of her inspiring story to remain focused and positive on what you CAN achieve, to appreciate friends, family and coaches around you who help you along the way and that no matter what challenges you face, having a goal and to always work towards it will result in success.

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A fantastic day, with a great buzz at the end with Leaders developing friendships and leaving with Action Plans of how they can influence their peers, schools and local clubs through inclusive Sport and PE. A small number of young people from the day will be invited to The National Step into Sport Camp next year!


Bettridge represented at The Tesco Great School Run


On Thursday 14th June 2012, St Edwards Junior School kindly hosted The Tesco Great School Run. The event was a 2km fun run which took place in a number of schools across the UK, the programme aimes to encourage children, families, friends and teachers to take part in exercise.

The Event itself saw schools arriving for their time slot throughout the day, and within that time, The Tesco Great School Run Leaders led a mass group warm up for all the schools, there was lots of cheering, music and all participants learnt 'The Olympic Dance Moves'. After some team photos each group were ready to go....

On Your Marks....Get Set.....Go!!!

The young people ran 2 laps of a fairly challenging course around ST. Edwards Junior School, encouraging each other the whole way around. Bettridge students however, felt that the course wasnt challenging enough, this team of students were from 'Bettridge School Running Club' and had been training hard with some runs over 1mile, so, they all took part in the next time slot race as well!!!

Well Done to all of them, great determination and team work!


Gloucestershire Special School Athletics 2012

Wednesday 30th May saw 6 of the County’s Special Schools take part in the Special School Athletics Event (Bettridge, Alderman Knight, Belmont, Paternoster, Heart of the Forest and Milestones). Around 100 young people from KS2, 3 and 4 arrived at The Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham to participate in the various Track and Field Events.

As well as celebrating the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Torch passing through the town in the previous week, the young people were there to win some medals! There were Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals up for grabs in every single discipline- these were supplied by Gloucestershire’s Projectability Lead Jon Crowford

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The event was a great success with a real buzz coming from the stand with children cheering for their school, waving flags and School banners. At the start of the day every competitor, teacher, helper and sports leaders took part in an Opening March to start the event. The sun was shining; we had music playing between events and in front of the main stand there was a podium so all the winners could have a huge cheer when they collected their medals.

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On the programme there were hurdle races, sprints, seated throws, standing  putts, long jumps and a fun 1 lap race which saw nearly every child take part in their respective age groups. It was a fantastic experience for these young people to run on a proper running track and for some, to get a gold medal placed on their neck in front of a big crowd!

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 Thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped in the planning and on the day, also to Sainsbury’s on Bath Road who supplied refreshments for participants, staff and helpers on the day! We hope that this event will become an annual competition and with The School Games, be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for all young people.


The Gloucestershire Special School's Hexathlon

The University of Gloucestershire hosted the first ever Special Schools Hexathlon on Monday 9th January 2012. The event saw 80 young people from 7 local Special Schools (Alderman Knight, Bettridge, St. Roses, Shrubberies, Patenoster and Heart of the Forest) take part in 6 sporting activities.

The morning schedule consisted of a fun and energetic warm up involving all students and staff. This was followed by a short 'getting to know you' activity by mixing up the schools to make teams of approx. 10 people and then a rotation of; Boccia Challenges, Table Top Games (Table Cricket, Polybat and Skittles), New Age Curling and Seated Volleyball with all shapes and sizes of balls and balloons!

Each station was brilliantly run by PGCE students; the activities, teams and individuals were supported by over 40 undergraduate students also from The University of Gloucestershire. They did a fantastic job ensuring every participant was included and sports were adapted appropriately.

After lunch the young people could choose to do indoor athletics or dance as an afternoon activity. Both were equally popular and it was fantastic to see smiles on faces and the excitement as individuals beat personal bests as well as collecting the prize tokens for their team!

The closing ceremony saw the Dance Group perform a crowd of Athletes, staff, University students and the press! Each team then walked up to collect individual Certificates and a Gold Medals.

The day was a huge success, accomplishing the aims of the day which were inclusion, enjoyment, competition, confidence and socialising. A huge Thank You to all involved with the planning and delivery of the event- see you next year?!


 Special Schools Forum are on a roll....

 The Special Schools Forum is made up of Teacher Release representatives from each of the Special Schools within Gloucestershire. A group of positive, proactive, understanding individuals that support The School Games whole heartedly. They will look to increase the amount of opportunity young people from their schools have to take part in competitive school sport. The Forum is also supported by Active Gloucestershire and the SGO's from Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury, Stroud, The Forest of Dean and The Cotswolds.

From only one meeting at the start of the year they have planned 3 Major Sports Competitions for Special Schools within the County for 2012.

They are:

■Winter: Multi Sports Event @ The University of Gloucestershire

                    - Monday 9th January 10am-2pm

■Spring: Boccia League running within Schools

■Summer: Athletics @ The Prince of Wales Stadium

Please see Calender for more information on these events.


Special Schools Christmas Fun Day!

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21 pupils aged 9-13 years from bettridge school attended a fun christmas themed multi activity event at oxstalls tennis centre wednesday 7th december mixing with pupils from Paternoster, Milestones and Heart of the Forest special schools. sports leaders from Ribston hall led all the activities each one lasting 5 mins before moving onto the next one all with a christmas twist to it , and christmas music to accompany it. All pupils were asked to wear a christmas themed hats and Jack Cook won the prize for the best christmas hat from Bettridge .It was a fun morning with all pupils having a go at the different games!


Latest News 


The successful Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (SSN), which has been in existence since 2010, is soon to become a Charity, namely: Move More CIO.
This transition is imminent and will bring with it some exciting, new opportunities within health and family engagement, predominately linked to primary schools within the Gloucestershire, Wychavon and Malvern areas initially.
Move More is looking to recruit a Health Activator to join the team. They will predominately be working in an outreach capacity, whilst the central office will continue to be based at All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Start date will be based on the successful applicants’ availability / resignation period as well as the official launch of Move More, anticipated to be around Easter 2018.

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Leadership updates

Following feedback from the streering group regarding the School Sport Network's primary school leadership structure, we created a helpful graphic to assist you with understanding how the various leadership opportunities work with each other. Members, click here for the full leadership resource including PE Chiefs, KS2 Young Leaders, SGOC, and Young Ambassadors. 

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