Total Sport holiday sport camp

holiday sport camp

Hungry Hippos in action

With the children of St Gregory’s High School on Easter holiday, Warrington Wolves Foundation staff and Gladstone Brookes volunteers  had the chance to take on a new project – a Total Sport holiday sport camp which ran throughout the Easter break.

Total Sport Co-ordinator, Craig Thomason, is responsible for running the project, which receives funding from Children In Need.  He spends most of his time working within the local special schools and SEN units in mainstream schools, but when the children are off on holiday he runs the special activities holiday schemes at Orford Jubilee Hub.Read More


Red Nose Day dance class

Red Nose Day dance class

Leah leading the class in the street dance

PE class changed into dance class for the pupils of St Gregory’s when Wolves Foundation Inclusion and Arts Manager Leah Biddle took over the weekly session for a Red Nose Day yoga and street dance class.

Leah and staff from Gladstone Brookes started of the hour long session with yoga floor exercises before switching to teaching the children a short street dance routine.Read More


A great trip out!

A great trip out!

Host Craig Thomason points out some of the features of the stadium

Many of them have seen it on TV in televised rugby games, but children from St Gregory’s RC High School got to experience the real thing when they were treated to a guided tour of the Halliwell Jones Stadium, including lots of behind-the-scenes special access.

The visit was part of the on-going collaboration between Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation and staff from Gladstone Brookes to bring different experiences to pupils of St Gregory’s who have special educational needs.Read More


Building on success

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.

Focus

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.


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”

Developing

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.

Enjoyed

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.”


An instant hit – GB at St Gregory’s

An instant hit – GB at St Gregory’s

Our new sporting partnership with Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation and St Gregory’s RC High School at Westbrook has been voted an instant hit after just one session.

Launching the fourth year of our collaboration with the Foundation, we have teamed up to provide special sporting sessions for the school until the end of the summer term.Read More