University students bowl schools over with fun, inclusive sports!

The women and men of the Cambridge University Cricket Club came together to host the second CUCC PowerHouseGames on Friday 6th March at the University’s grand sports centre.  They welcomed the Perse, back for their second outing, Netherhall School, here for their first, and regulars, Castle Special School.

Such was the impact that Netherhall signed up to return on Friday 13th March with a different cohort of students.

The cricket theme was popular – table cricket and kwik cricket proving very competitive, but the regular sports – boccia, walking football and new age kurling – were equally well loved.  Sitting netball is fast becoming one of the most enjoyed and regarded as competitive and inclusive.

Some highlights: a very vigorous hitting of the tiny table cricket ball resulting in a broken bat; the enthusiasm of Laura Woodward (a volunteer from Mills & Reeve) as she supervised the sitting netball; and the amendment of the rules by our champion volunteer, Patrick Gosling, to level the field in kiwi cricket – any shot from a university player that hit the back wall was out, requiring a tip and ru mentality!

A big thanks to Dan Blackburn, our website guru, PA support, equipment supervisor, and now photographer – the photos here are all his!  He also sorted out a new streamlined registration process – less paper, to go with the no-plastic-wrapping for our T-shirts in an attempt to be more environmentally conscious.

The feedback was great:

Andy Schofield, teacher at Netherhall had this to say: “My students loved the experience and did not stop talking about what they had done throughout the morning. They kept talking about the friends they had made and the people they were working with. It was fantastic!”

And a parent of a participant: “I am a teacher and head of house at Soham Village College. My son attended the PowerhouseGames with his schooll, and I think this would be a wonderful event for some of our students to be involved with.”  We have signed them up for a future date!

And some quotes from the university students:

“Always a good event. Really helps bring the team together with the wider community.”

“Simply interacting with the children was incredibly fulfilling. Seeing positive reactions to attempts to engage and include them made for a very heart warming experience. Equally, it was good to see small improvements in their ability and desire to get involved as the day progressed.”

“As someone who was already involved in performance sport – as both athlete and and coach – I would now like to be involved with more initiatives like this.”

Feel like I’ve made a real difference to other people’s lives.”

Another fantastic event in this year’s PowerHouseGames with Cambridge University. If you would like your school, college, university or workplace to get involved and share in all the fun of a PowerHouseGames please do get in contact.