Youngsters bowl for glory at contest

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A HUNDRED pupils took part in a school sports day with a difference.

They played the game of boccia – which is similar to bowls – at the all-inclusive event for children with and without disabilities.

For some youngsters it was the first time they had played the game or been able to take part in competitive sport.

Winning teams, including a team from King Ecgbert School in Dore, will go on to compete in the South Yorkshire School Games.

Emma Morris, SEN co-ordinator at the Links School Partnership, said: “There was a great turnout, between 80 and 100 children on the day.

“Boccia is a disability sport which they play at the Paralympics, but it is fully inclusive for everyone. Some children came just to experience a different sport.”

The contest was organised by the Within Reach Disability Sheffield Project and Links School Partnership. It had to be reorganised after heavy snow cancelled a previous event.