Portland College set for year of sport

Students and volunteers take part in Wheel chair basket ball at Portland training college today from the left Zac Day ,Josh Martin and Vinny Dooley
Students and volunteers take part in Wheel chair basket ball at Portland training college today from the left Zac Day ,Josh Martin and Vinny Dooley

THE public will be able to have a go at a host of disability sports at Portland College’s open day on 29th March.

The college, which provides training for people with disabilities, will be giving visitors the chance to sample Paralympic sports such as boccia, wheelchair football, wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball and more as part of the preparations for the up-coming games.

Organiser Anna Ashton, who is fundraising and events executive at the college, said the day would give an insight into Paralympic sports.

She said: “They are not mainstream sports so no-one will have done them at school - it’s something totally different.”

The open day will take place between 10am and 4.30pm and everyone is welcome to try out new activities and see what the college does.

And in keeping with the Paralympic celebrations, the college is also taking part in a new project called Achieving Fully Inclusive Sport for Disabled Learners which promotes disability sports.

The college is working alongside three other specialist colleges, Derwent College in Shropshire, Doncaster College for the Deaf and the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford to encourage people to try out new activities.

Project manager Jayne Ball said: “The Inclusive Sports project is a very positive way of engaging young people in sport and showing that everybody can get involved, whether competitively, for recreation or simply to get fitter.

“Disability sports can get overlooked but this is a great way of showcasing how fantastic many of these sports can be and with this year being the London 2012 Paralympics, the project ties in with what is a very important year for disability sport in the UK.”