Pupils create new sport for 2012

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PUPILS from a South Yorkshire school are full of the Olympic spirit - after inventing a brand new sport for disabled youngsters.

Children from Wellgate Primary at Mapplewell, Barnsley, were given the challenge of coming up with a new event suitable for the Paralympics.

And after an intensive brainstorming session the pupils came up with the idea for blind rounders - an idea they’ve now turned into a workable game.

It involves a batting and a fielding team, with batters paired up and one wearing a blindfold.

The batters have to kick a ball with bells inside so they can hear when it is near to them - and then run round the pitch to score a rounder before the fielding team stops them.

The game was given a trial run when 23 of the Wellgate pupils went to London to visit Godwin Junior School - which included a tour of the Olympic Park at Stratford.

The trip was made possible thanks to a community partnership that has forged links between the councils of Barnsley and Newham, host borough of London 2012.

Wellgate teacher Ruth Holloway, who taught at the Newham school a few years ago, said: “We had a magnificent day and one of many highlights was teaching the children there the blind rounders game we had devised.

“Both schools really enjoyed playing it and it was a real privilege to demonstrate it to them, thanks to the grant from the Newham-Barnsley partnership.”

Oliver Coppard, manager of the partnership, said: “This is a wonderful example of what we set out to achieve - schools in Barnsley and Newham enjoying a fun learning experience together.”