The new collaboration between Gladstone Brookes, the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation and St Gregory’s High School is going from strength to strength with members of Gladstone Brookes’ staff queuing up to get involved.
The partnership with St Gregory’s has been a departure from the normal type of event run jointly by GB and the Foundation.
In previous years GB staff have helped to deliver sessions in a range of schools based around the Rugby League World Cup and Disability Awareness. This year the focus is solely on special sporting sessions to children with special educational needs.
- A game of catch and clap
- The team build a tunnel
- Waiting their turn
- Getting more complicated
The sessions are part of the Foundation’s Total:Sport project and co-ordinator Craig Thomason said: “This week myself and the GB staff asked the children to work through a number of progressive activities focusing on teamwork. With each member of the GB staff leading groups, the children were encouraged to problem solve between them which resulted in some fantastic outcomes. The session highlighted to the participants the importance of communication when working as a team”
Amanda Hunt, the co-ordinator at St Gregory’s is also pleased with the way the project is developing. She said: “The pupils had a great time again with the team. There were children participating this week who had watched the first session so confidence is developing quickly amongst the group.
The staff were impressed with the support from your team and the energy levels in the room. The pupils were appropriately challenged and all able to join in at their own pace and level. The pupils are making great progress in terms of personal and social development along with developing their health and fitness.”
The first week of the new scheme was a ‘getting to know you’ session, but this week the GB staff – Laura Teeling, Lee Gerke and Elliott Jones – joined Craig in running a series of team building games.
Laura really enjoyed the event. She said: “Helping at St Greg’s was a great experience. The scheme is a fantastic way of helping children with special educational needs to get involved in physical activity and working together. It was lovely to see the children taking part so enthusiastically and, most importantly, enjoying themselves!
Lee Gerke found it just as rewarding. He commented: “The kids really enjoyed what we were doing with them. They all had big smiles on their faces and got really involved. It was a great event to be involved in.”
Said Elliott: “It was a lot of fun and interesting to see how the kids enjoyed it so much. I’ve not done anything like this before and it was good to get involved. I got a lot out of it.”