5 Star Disability Sports Challenge
With the excitement brewing in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Disability Sports NI has teamed up with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Education to run an innovative education and awareness project aimed at local primary school children.
The aim of the project 'The 5 Star Disability Sports Challenge' is to contribute to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by increasing children's awareness and understanding of disability and to inspire more children to become active.
Michael McKillop, Dame Mary Peters and Lord Seb Coe visit Dundonald Primary
School to mark the 40th School to take part in the 5 Star Disability Sports Challenge.
Funded by the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure and supported by the Department of Education, the project will run in primary schools until 2013 and has been granted the prestigious Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.
The project is delivered at the school in one morning and is two-fold:
The project was launched in March 2009 by former Sports Minister Gregory Campbell and International Footballer David Healy and since then has proven a huge success in Primary Schools throughout Northern Ireland.
"I thought this was a brilliant insight into what it was like to be disabled. I felt that it was the best way to demonstrate this to a child." St John the Baptist Primary School, Belleek
"All the children learned about disabilities, and that sport is for everyone. Thanks!" St John's Primary School, Coleraine
"This is a great inclusive learning experience for children. Please visit us again." Termoncanice Primary School, Limavady
"Even better than we thought - a super, enjoyable and enriching experience...Every school should avail of this opportunity - a great way to include aspects of diversity in a fun way." Dunmullan Primary School, Omagh
If you would like more information about the '5 Star Disability Sports Challenge' or to register your school for the project please contact:
Disability Sports NI
Tel: 028 9038 7062
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