Harding House SEN SmashUp!
Harding House SEN School started running SmashUp sessions in October 2015. As they have no sports facilities of their own, the school use a local scout hut for their sessions that take place over lunchtime. Badminton England and Sportivate funding through Leap County Sports Partnership has helped the school to secure their own pop-up net to use in this venue, as well as the SmashUp kit bag and 12 weeks of delivery from a SmashUp! Activator, Sue Rutson.
In February 2016, the sessions have 16 regular participants. Following the success of the World Para-Badminton Championships held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium (just a short distance from the school) an inclusive satellite club has been set up. The satellite club takes place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on a Monday after school is also run by the Activator Sue Rutson. This continuity of Activator has made the transition from school to after-school satellite club easier for the Harding House students. When Sue’s delivery of 12 weeks within the school comes to an end, sessions will be continued in house by staff and keen participants will continue to be signposted to Sue at the satellite club to further develop their skills.
“It is great to see students fully involved in regular badminton sessions. We are lucky to have an experienced coach. Sessions delivered are full of energy, inspiring students to learn new badminton skills. It is important our young people get involved in sport to maintain their fitness, learn new skills and develop fun interests.” said Lindsey Chamberlain, teacher.