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Our 1st PowerHouseGames with Magdalen College School, Oxford

On Friday, 21st June 2024, we had the pleasure of hosting PowerHouseGames at Magdalen College School in Oxford. The day was filled with a spirit of inclusion and friendly competition as we welcomed several schools from the surrounding area. We formed 12 mixed teams composed of Magdalen College School, Oxford Spires Academy, The Swan School, St Andrews CofE Primary School, and John Watson School, adding to the diversity and excitement of the day.

The day began with one of my presentations, where I shared part of my story and demonstrated how I am able to complete some sports using the gadgets made for me during my RoadtoRio challenge. The response to my presentation was great! It’s always lovely to receive such positive feedback, reinforcing the importance of our events in shifting perspectives, fostering a sense of community and inclusion, and inspiring people to face their challenges.

The 12 teams, each with six members, showcased their skills and sportsmanship across our various inclusive activities. The weather was brilliant, meaning most of our games were on the grass fields at Magdalen College School. The outdoor setting was great for the array of games we had lined up, including kwick cricket, sitting volleyball, sitting netball, goalball, touch rugby, and boccia.

Our PowerHouseGames also coincided with Magdalen College School’s Founders’ Day, a significant day in the school’s calendar which they marked with a sponsored walk in support of their perennial charity of choice. This has contributed to the setup of the Mustard Seed International School in Kenya. The school was set up by an alumnus, making the day even more special.

A big shoutout to Jeremy Macklin, our Chair of Trustees, for his support at the event, ensuring we were well-equipped for a successful day. I’d also like to thank Hugo Macklin for hosting me in Oxford. His kindness and support are whole-heartedly appreciated.

A special thanks to Jemima Coleman too, whose efforts in coordinating the various schools’ participation were instrumental to the day’s fruition. She helped ensure everything ran smoothly, and the consensus among the schools was that the event was fantastic.

Thank you to everyone who participated, supported, and made this day so successful. Let’s keep the spirit of the PowerHouseGames alive and thriving – we look forward to many more PowerHouseGames in Oxford!

What are PowerHouseGames?

PowerHouseGames are incredible sports days using adapted games and sports, with activities designed to be accessible and fun for everyone, old and young, with disabilities and none, sporty and not. Participants are encouraged to test their beliefs about ability and disability and what it is to be different, to learn to respect other people’s differences, and Power2Inspire works with them to challenge their assumptions of what they can and cannot do.

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Would your university sports team, or school love to be involved in a PowerHouseGames? Could your company support our mission by volunteering at one of our PowerHouseGames? If so, then we would love to hear from you. We are also always looking out for people willing to fundraise for Power2Inspire through their own inspiring means. Or, you could volunteer individually at one of our events, or you could give to the ongoing work of Power2Inspire. There are SO MANY WAYS we can all help to ensure “no on else is left on the bench!” Click the button here to find out more.

John Willis

Founder & Chief Ambassador, Power2Inspire