Redbridge Mini Games update

First published in Redbridge East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Schools from Wanstead and Woodford will represent Redbridge in the London Mini Games this summer.

Primary schools from across the borough competed against each other in a host of sports attended by 1,500 children yesterday.

Bancroft’s School from Woodford Green won the hockey and netball events, while Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School from Wanstead enjoyed success in Tri-Golf.

They will go on to the London mini-games at Crystal Palace in July where they will compete against schools from across the capital.

Nightingale school in South Woodford will represent the borough in tag rugby.

Other schools to enjoy success yesterday included Christchurch School from Ilford who won the six-a-side football, Redbridge Primary School who won the Boccia, and Fairlop Primary who finished first in athletics.

Overall winners on the day were St Aubyn’s School from Woodford Green who placed in the top 10 for every event.

Unfortunately they did not win any of those events and will not go to the summer games.

Nightingale Primary School won a Fair Play award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the day’s events.

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8:49pm Thu 7 Mar 13

spatel1234 says...

St Aubyns did win the overall title...however this fee paying school entered 9 children into the Boccia competition. The Boccia competition competition is specifically aimed at those competitors with more severe impairments and should involve players with severe learning disabilities or physical impairments or profound and multiple impairments.

Not sure how St Aubyns managed to find 9 children in their school who fit into this category.

Not really fair their children competing against severely disabled and physically impaired children (in wheelchairs)...seems like they only entered a team to gain the points to help them win the competition.

Fair play doesn't exist really!
St Aubyns did win the overall title...however this fee paying school entered 9 children into the Boccia competition. The Boccia competition competition is specifically aimed at those competitors with more severe impairments and should involve players with severe learning disabilities or physical impairments or profound and multiple impairments. Not sure how St Aubyns managed to find 9 children in their school who fit into this category. Not really fair their children competing against severely disabled and physically impaired children (in wheelchairs)...seems like they only entered a team to gain the points to help them win the competition. Fair play doesn't exist really! spatel1234
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2:17pm Sat 9 Mar 13

MShute says...

I would like to address the comment from spatel1234.
I called the Redbridge Sport and Development team to clarify the situation re Boccia (seated bowling). The organiser confirmed that the Rebridge Boccia is not restricted to competitors with severe impairments and disabilities. In order to be fully inclusive the Redbridge Boccia competition is open to all Schools. 3 of the 11 Schools competing were Schools catering for pupils with severe learning disabilities or impairments. The organisers are very keen that this is not seen as an isolated event for 3 Schools but one which is part of the whole competition.

St. Aubyn's is a non selective, inclusive school. We have a 'Sport for all' ethos and have always entered as many events as possible at the Mini Games to maximise pupil participation. We are very proud that every one of our Year 6 pupils, including those with learning difficulties, took part in the Mini Games. The focus was on maximum participation. Winning was a bonus.

Fair play is always high priority to us. Last year we were proud to be winners of the Fair Play award, which reflects this commitment.

I would like to congratulate all of the pupils who took part and the Redbridge Sport and Development team for organising such a large, successful and inclusive competition

Mr. M. Shute (Deputy Head St. Aubyn's)
I would like to address the comment from spatel1234. I called the Redbridge Sport and Development team to clarify the situation re Boccia (seated bowling). The organiser confirmed that the Rebridge Boccia is not restricted to competitors with severe impairments and disabilities. In order to be fully inclusive the Redbridge Boccia competition is open to all Schools. 3 of the 11 Schools competing were Schools catering for pupils with severe learning disabilities or impairments. The organisers are very keen that this is not seen as an isolated event for 3 Schools but one which is part of the whole competition. St. Aubyn's is a non selective, inclusive school. We have a 'Sport for all' ethos and have always entered as many events as possible at the Mini Games to maximise pupil participation. We are very proud that every one of our Year 6 pupils, including those with learning difficulties, took part in the Mini Games. The focus was on maximum participation. Winning was a bonus. Fair play is always high priority to us. Last year we were proud to be winners of the Fair Play award, which reflects this commitment. I would like to congratulate all of the pupils who took part and the Redbridge Sport and Development team for organising such a large, successful and inclusive competition Mr. M. Shute (Deputy Head St. Aubyn's) MShute
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