LVS Oxford held its first ever sports day on Thursday 30th June, with 29 learners taking part in a host of activities which allowed them to gain confidence from excelling at their talents, get used to trying new things and practice teamwork and communication in group activities such as tug of war. With parents, teachers and learners all taking part in that event, it really was a team effort.
Parents were thrilled to see their children showing such passion for sport and throwing themselves into events, with Carol Goode saying: "It is brilliant that LVS Oxford held a sports day. I've never seen Charlie run in my life so it was amazing. What really touched me is how the learners are so supportive of each other". Alma Priday added: "That was the best sports day I have ever been to".
There were a host of talented individual event winners allowing learners to show their skills and challenge themselves on things they had not done before, followed by tug of war won by the blue team and dodgeball won by the white team.
With social and emotional wellbeing of paramount importance at LVS Oxford, whilst the day was a lot of fun there was a real purpose to it as explained by Head of Centre Louisa Allison-Bergin: "Playing sport at any level can be a key part of the school experience and can have an immense and lasting impact on a student's life. Among its many benefits for young people with autism, participation in health and fitness activities promotes socialisation, the development of leadership skills, focus and of course physical fitness".
PE teacher Katie Gatt who helped run the event said: "It couldn't have gone any better! Everyone participated and had so much fun, including the parents who joined in with the tug of war. All the hard work practicing in PE really paid off, the learners performed brilliantly".
You can view our album of images from a memorable day here.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.