Higher education sport students from University Centre Myerscough recently enjoyed a session with Sale Sharks Community Trust on disability awareness and inclusion.
The programme saw Myerscough coaching degree learners exploring disability sport, how to adapt coaching sessions to visually impaired participants, and gaining experience of what that it’s like to be visually impaired themselves.
The students had a go at wheelchair rugby, before learning how to adapt sessions for visually impaired participants and also engaged in exercises that mimicked having visual impairment. Students who attended the workshop spoke about what they learnt and gained from attending the workshop, including learning how to adapt sessions to ensure the session caters for all needs and abilities and picking up coaching techniques when they deliver a session for a disabled group.
The coaching degree students have had a go at wheelchair rugby and are now learning how adapt sessions for visually impaired participants @SharksCommunity @MyerscoughColl #inclusivesport pic.twitter.com/j174hhpMUG— Dan Orwin (@danorwin) December 7, 2017
Dan Orwin is Course Leader in University Centre Myerscough’s foundation degree in Rugby Coaching and will also oversee Myerscough’s brand new higher education programme in Strength and Conditioning, which commences in September.
Dan said: ‘’The session was outstanding and every student took something away that will improve their coaching when working with disabled participants.
‘’Thank you to Vicky and Simon from the Sale Sharks Community Trust for delivering this disability awareness session to our degree students. They gained a valuable insight into the challenges facing disabled sports people and the feedback was outstanding.''
The workshop was aimed at both widening the reach of Sharks Community Trust's Inclusive Rugby Programme, and also to up-skill students who aim to work within a sports coaching setting after their studies are completed.
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by Dave Salmon