Title

Teenagers with Learning Difficulties

Client

Southlands Special School

Funder

Big Lottery

Concept

Sportworks were engaged by Southlands Special School to design and deliver an innovative course for their Year 10 & 11 students (14 -16 year olds) with varying degrees of learning difficulties.  The brief was to enhance physical and mental health whilst developing a range of ‘soft’ skills to support students’ progression to College life.

Approach

Adopting a highly differentiated approach to support each student to achieve their own personal goals, the Sportworks tutors designed a 20 week programme incorporating team building activities, martial arts, rock climbing and wheelchair Basketball.   The activity programme, which was delivered across a range of community venues to assist students to develop independent travel skills, culminated in a sports tournament organised and coordinated by students.  The programme was part delivered at TyneMet College to provide students with an introduction to College life.

Aims

  • To increase student health and fitness
  • To enhance self-confidence, independence and personal resilience
  • To facilitate introductions to College life and equip students with coping skills
  • To develop transferrable employability skills including event management, leadership and group communication

Outcomes

  • Several students joined local sports clubs as individuals
  • 97% of students reported increased physical and mental well-being
  • 84% of students increased resilience and 91% felt better able to cope in acommunity environment
  • The programme won the Partnership category Award in the 2019 NE Youth
  • Awards, beating several prestigious competitors including professional FootballFoundations