SAINSBURY’S 1 MILLION KIDS CHALLENGE
Children at Malpas Court Primary school can have a go at Paralympic sport thanks to Sainsbury’s Newport.
- Sainsbury's Sam presented the school with a Paralympic sports equipment kit so they can take part in the ‘1 Million Kids Challenge’
- Pupils at the school can now try ‘Goalball’, ‘Sitting Volleyball’ and ‘Visually-Impaired Football’ in the run-up to next year’s London 2012 Paralympic Games
- 5 schools have signed up to the challenge in Newport
It was a great chance for me to see agains many friends among the staff and children.
The children were sensitive about those who are unable to take part in many sporting activities. The experience of playing football with a ball with bells inside will heighten their appreciation of the problems of otehrs. The headboy and haedgirl at the school found it was more difficult that they thought.
I told the children that in the past those with disabilities had no chance of winning olympic medals. Now they can. It's a joy seeing paralympic athletes getting the attention they merit.
The Sainsbury’s 1 Million Kids Challenge is a fantastic activity to help raise the profile of next year’s Paralympic Games. It’s great for so many pupils across Newport to have the opportunity to play Paralympic sports and I hope the pupils at Malpas Court Primary school really enjoy taking part in the challenge.
Sainsbury’s Newport Store Manager Paul Baldwin said on Friday’s presentation: “Sainsbury’s are proud to be sponsors of the 2012 Paralympic Games and we’re really looking forward to working with Malpas Court Primary school as well as other schools taking part in the 1 Million Kids Challenge in Newport to help them experience a Paralympic sport”.
Schools across the country were encouraged to sign up to the Challenge between 11th April and 22ndJuly. The sign-up process was a huge success with three schools in Newport signed up to the Challenge. Nationwide, 5,726 schools in total have signed up, with 1,948,867 pupils across the country pledged to take part in a Paralympic sport. That’s nearly double the original target of 1 Million kids!
By taking part in the Challenge, schools including Malpas Court Primary school will also have the chance of winning a fantastic prize - to be involved in the 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, a key event to launch the Games. The relay takes place next August.
Today it was Tesco's turn to give sports equipment to four Newport Schools.
Clytha, Glasllwch, Maesglas, and St Michael's received the fotballs etc. from Leroy Robinson the Tesco amn. We were all welcomed with fruit, juice, doughnuts and tea. Mr Robinson explanied the link between Tesco's and the charitable work that the schools are doing.
It's good to see the cooperation between supermarkets and local schools. The children were fascinated with Mr Robinson's account of his early interest in business. He had a paper round when he was eight and he has been working ever since.
It was a great morning..