SEN Schools visit Soccer Burnley

Local primary and secondary SEN schools were invited to Soccer Burnley on Wednesday for a morning filled with multi-skilled activity and a fun football competition with Burnley FC in the Community.

The schools, who have coaches from Community’s Danny Ings Disability Sport Project visit to deliver sessions, brought a 5-a-side team to represent their school and play against other local children.

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Teams from Ridgewood High School and Pendle Community High School joined pupils from Cribden House Primary, Pendle View and St James Lanehead to showcase their skills that have been developed across a range of sessions and activities with Burnley FC in the Community coaches.

Mrs Burnett, PE teacher from St James Lanehead, explained: “Both our KS1 and KS2 children have worked with Burnley FC in the Community and alongside the sports coaching, the Community staff have also held sessions on teamwork, patience and respect which have benefited the children in all areas of their work. Physically, their coordination and movement skills have come on ten-fold.”

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Within the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project delivered by our Sport team, each school receives bespoke planned sessions that accommodate the individual needs of the children to ensure maximum benefit for every pupil, and every school.

Carol Stitchen, a teacher at Pendle View Primary School, said: “We’ve been working with Community for two years and the level of coaching has been outstanding throughout. The wide range of needs that our pupils have do not faze any of the staff from Burnley FC in the Community and the children light up when they see the coaches walk into school. They look forward to the sessions all week!”

The festival, held at Soccer Burnley, was a celebration of the progress made by every child on the project and each pupil received a certificate and Burnley FC in the Community medal for taking part.

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Head of Sport at Burnley FC in the Community, Matt Pounder, added: “We’re delighted that the children have had such a great time this morning, there were a lot of smiling faces at the end! It has also been fantastic to see the progress that has been made by every single child on the project, which is going from strength to strength. In the next year, our Disability provision will grow again and we’re looking forward to delivering this right across the region.”

For more information on the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project, please contact Sam Howell on s.howell@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704716.