Power2inspire’s PowerHouse Games

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If you would like to receive a PowerHouse Games leaflet? Contact Anne Zwirlein:

anne.zwirlein@power2inspire.org.uk

Reg. Charity N0: 1162631

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The first PowerHouse Games took place in October 2014. First taking the sports teachers through training so they could lead integrated sports and then the afternoon where 220 students took part in 8 different sports.

The students had a great time and learnt a lot about playing adapted and disability specific sports together.

They were challenged to create a brand new sport as part of their lessons and the best ideas will be judged by a panel to decided which one will be the winner.

Following the success of this first Power House Games, the order book grew to 20 in 2016 – 15 were delivered in Essex and 5 in and around Cambridge including Chesterton Community College who invited us to deliver a PHG over 2 days in June to 200 students following a very successful motivational assembly, back in November.

So, 2016 continues to be a busy year from our first mini games which took place at Comberton on the 16th February right up to our last before the Summer holidays at Impington Village College.

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So what is a PowerHouse Games?

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Essentially PowerHouse games are mini sports days using Adapted and Inclusive games and sports activities. Although many of the games were designed for people with disabilities, the games by definition are inclusive so these very “user friendly” activities often provide the perfect hook to engage “non-sporty” children. We explain and demonstrate how the games came into being and how they allow, not just people with a disability, but “anybody” regardless of age, body shape, gender, social background, race, culture or physical ability, to be included in a sport. So children learn to challenge their assumptions, respect people’s differences and explore their understanding of what they can do. At same time the children are benefiting from the positive physical and social experience that we know sport can provide. Importantly they have a lot of fun and so are more inclined to want to try sport again.

Contact Anne for a leaflet: anne.zwirlein@power2inspire.org.uk

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We offer a number of different “models” of PowerHouse games. Our two most popular are, Mainstream and Mixed. The Mainstream model PowerHouse games can be delivered to up to 160 students, ideally in 8 groups of 20. You can select from a pool of 10 adapted and inclusive sports, including Boccia, VI golf or football, sitting volleyball and goalball. The format is flexible: choose from a mini PHG of 1 hour all the way up to a full day event.
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The Mixed Model brings together a mainstream and a special needs school to deliver a joint PowerHouse games, a festival of inclusive sports. The Games are ideal for groups of 40-60 pupils: 20-40 from the mainstream school and 10-20 from the special needs school. For this model we include bespoke activities introducing children from mainstream schools to concepts such as making use of soft play areas etc. It also helps build empathy between the children.

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lineDon’t hesitate to contact us if you require information on our different models of PowerHouse Games or
If you would like to receive a PowerHouse Games leaflet? Contact Anne at: anne.zwirlein@power2inspire.org.uk

Reg. Charity N0: 1162631

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2017 looks set to be even busier with another 15 Power House Games booked with Active Essex, several primary schools also booked in Essex, a number of new schools in Cambridgeshire and new commissions in London from partners Access Sport.