Year 4 pupils have been joined by students from The National Star College over the last week to learn more about the game of Boccia, a game similar to bowls, which is contested in the Paralympic Games.

Last week, Year 4 were visited by three students during one of their PE lessons where they learnt the basics of the game and how to play. They were tasked with completing up to 12 unique challenges with the Boccia balls that increased in difficulty as they progressed through them. It was a great opportunity for the St Edward’s pupils to experience taking part in a new sport, whilst at the same time benefitting the Star College students as the activity contributes towards their training as Sports Leaders.

This morning the skills Year 4 had learnt were put into practise during a friendly game in assembly, where pupils from Years 3, 5 and 6 were also able to watch and learn about the sport.

The National Star College is an independent specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. St Edward’s have now been working with Star College for a decade. As well as the sessions at school, there have been reciprocal visits of St Edward’s pupils to the College where they have had the opportunity to meet the students and experience difference sporting activities within the context of disability.

Mr Roberts, Head of Boys’ PE, who has worked closely with the college throughout its relationship with St Edward’s Prep, feels both establishments really benefit from the partnership. He said, “The long-standing relationship between St Edward’s and The National Star College is hugely important to us. The sessions provide a fantastic opportunity for all of us to increase our disability awareness, whilst at the same time allowing us to build links with the local community”.