The 5 Star Disability Sports Challenge offers primary school children an opportunity to take part in a range of disability sports.
This initiative has been running since March 2009 to promote and highlight the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, a total 37,063 children from 253 Schools and Community Groups have participated in the 5 Star Disability Sport Challenge.
The project is two-fold, beginning with a 30 minute awareness raising presentation about disability sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games which is delivered to all pupils Primary 1-7. The presentation is designed to be both educational and fun including a quiz and video clips.
Following the presentation Primary 5-7 take part in the practical part of the day, the ‘Challenges’, a circuit of 5 activities, each based on a Paralympic sport. Each sports challenge is designed to give children a better understanding of disability sport and the abilities of disabled people, and are each ‘challenging but achievable’ to ensure that all children have a positive and enjoyable experience.