9020275-largePUPILS from local primary schools proved a disability is no barrier to sporting prowess when they took part in various sports.

For the sixth consecutive year, Treviglas Community College, in partnership with the Cornwall Sports Partnership, organised and hosted a ‘Sportability’ festival for students who have physical or learning difficulties.

Building upon the success of the London 2012 Paralympics, Treviglas hopes to develop more interest in the different types of sport shown by those athletes – and talent spot people for a potential Paralympic pathway.

The festival had help from Steve Hillman, the disability officer for the Cornwall Sports Partnership and Paul Roberts from Heron Tennis, one of Treviglas’ local sporting partners, who has experience in field, and Ed Byrne from the Byrne Black Belt Academy.

Mr Hillman said the students had the opportunity to take part in boccia, curling, volleyball, archery and martial arts.

“Hopefully this day will stimulate an interest in a sport they can develop,” he said.

Sean Wells, community sports co-ordinator for Treviglas, said that following government cuts to budgets for grassroots disability sport, the Newquay Partnership decided to bridge some of the shortfall with a ‘Sportability’ festival.

“This gives Newquay students a festival specifically designed for their needs,” he added. “It is always a great event, with a real sense of inclusion and competition.

Liam Gardner, a Year 10 sports leader from Treviglas, said: “The festival was totally different from our normal work. It was great to work with these children and follow them through the different sports. I was really pleased I volunteered to take part.”
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