Baroness Sue Campbell hosted an event at the House of Lords to celebrate Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Training success; a programme which aims to improve PE provision for young disabled people.
Sue joins Paralympic champion swimmer, Ellie Simmonds OBE and over 60 Ministers, MPs and senior sporting figures for a reception that will recognise the success of the training initiative over the past four years. The event was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).
Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All launched in 2012 and focussed on the development and delivery of inclusive PE training for teachers in mainstream schools across the UK. The initiative provides free training to teachers, trainee teachers and school staff to improve the quality of PE provision for young disabled people.
An Ambassador for Sainsbury’s, Ellie gave credit to their role, the delivery partners and tutors involved:
I’ve been fortunate to be involved with Sainsbury’s Active Kids for many years now and it’s been fantastic to see initiatives like this ensuring all children have the opportunity to be active. There has never been a better time to engage young people in inclusive sport and I would urge all schools to get involved with the Active Kids for All programme. Inclusion in school is a vital first step on what can be an exciting journey for young people and which could eventually lead to a gold medal.
Sainsbury’s began funding the programme in 2012 as part of their Paralympic legacy to provide free training until March 2016. Then, in March 2016, Sainsbury’s awarded the initiative funding for a further year.
Commenting on the programme, Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “The inclusive training initiative has been a huge success thanks to investment from Sainsbury’s. Disability participation in sport is a big issue and too many young disabled people still have negative experiences of PE because they aren’t included in activities. We hope more schools will see this as a priority and support their teachers to make sports activities accessible for all young people.”
EFDS coordinates the inclusive PE training programme which is delivered in partnership with the Home Country Disability Sports Organisations and the Youth Sport Trust in England. It is also supported by the British Paralympic Association.
Since the training began, tutors have delivered more than 575 workshops across the UK. Over 8,500 teachers, trainee teachers and school staff have attended one of the free workshops. It is estimated that 200,000 young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have benefitted. External evaluation shows a significant and sustained impact on participants’ confidence and competence in delivering inclusive PE. The current cycle of the Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE training programme ends in March 2017.