07 Jun 2024

Game On! A celebration of inclusivity

Later this month, Nottingham University will host the annual ISA Inclusive Festival of Sport. This exciting event is an opportunity for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from ISA Members' schools to experience the thrill of sports and the joy of university life. Participants will experience an event where they can indulge in a variety of exhilarating sporting activities, all while enjoying a taste of independence by staying in the university's halls of residence. This festival offers just that – a chance to create lasting memories and forge new friendships while immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a world-class institution.

Bookings for this year's event are already full; however, plan on joining us next year and we will be very glad to have you! Stay tuned to ISA Sports to hear when bookings open for 2025.

The experienced inclusion team at the University of Nottingham understands that every athlete is unique. That's why they've curated a diverse range of fun, adapted sports activities in a non-competitive environment, specifically designed for year 6 and above students. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting your sporting journey, this festival promises an inclusive and supportive space for you to shine. Inclusivity is at the heart of this event, and the university's facilities are fully accessible for wheelchair users. If you have any queries or concerns regarding accessibility arrangements before booking, the organisers are just a click away, ready to assist you and ensure a seamless experience.

Vic Wright of Finborough School shares, 'We find these events to be very forward thinking. To organise inclusive events such as these provides opportunities to those students who may not, normally, be given the honour of representing their schools. There is always a danger that students with additional needs are sidelined and perhaps even discouraged from sports and in particular, team games. Our students show great enthusiasm for these events and as a staff, we are delighted to support them'.

'These events help to develop self-confidence in students which might often be lacking. They now have an opportunity to compete (perhaps on a more level ‘playing field’) and the chance to represent their school at local, regional and national levels. The experience of travelling some distance and spending a night away from home can be very challenging for our students. However, to date, we have been delighted to see them fully embrace and enjoy these excellent opportunities and the outstanding facilities provided'.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students at next year's ISA Inclusive Festival of Sport!