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Woodlands Meed Pupils Go for Gold at Sussex Parallel Youth Games

A contingent of 41 pupils and 14 staff from Woodlands Meed Special Needs School in Burgess Hill travelled to the K2 in Crawley on 15th May to participate in the annual Sussex Parallel Youth Games. 

The Sussex Parallel Youth Games is one of the highlights of Woodlands Meed’s sporting calendar, with over 40 students accessing the event.  The K2 in Crawley provides a fantastic arena where students with a variety of differing needs and abilities can participate alongside each other.  The Inspirational youngsters really showcased the achievements that are possible and showed that future is looking very bright for disability sport.

The event sees students from all over Sussex competing in varied sporting activities including New Age Kurling, Boccia, Dance, Cricket, Street Soccer, Tennis, Golf and Swimming.

Building on their successes at last year’s event, the students really gave it everything they had and their efforts were rewarded with some fantastic results.  In the pool the students went medal mad as they collectively won 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze, whilst on dry land the Street Footballers were undefeated as they won their bronze medal match, only missing out on the final as a result of a penalty shootout. 

Penny Gittins, Sports Leader at Woodlands Meed commented ‘It is not only with regards medals that we measure our success; for almost a quarter of our students, they were experiencing The PYGs for the first time, and for some students it was their first inter-competition ever!  As always our students did us proud in how they were able to access such a large event, and their conduct and sportsmanship throughout was, as always, something we admire!’

‘The day was a massive success in every way you can imagine and I am so proud of every single one of our students who competed this year.  I love my job, and the area that gives me the greatest satisfaction is seeing students accessing sport that some never thought possible.’