California meets Cambridge in our PowerHouseGames

Professor James Spee of Redlands University, California, contacted Power2Inspire wanting his students to see how a small social enterprise operates in practice. So, on Wednesday 5th May, we were delighted to welcome staff and students all the way from the University of Redlands in California, to Cambridge University Sports Club for a talk and an introduction to our PowerHouseGames.

PowerHouseGames are fun and friendly events that use adapted sports games that are designed to be accessible and exciting for everyone, regardless of age, disability and sporting ability.

Courtesy of Cambridge University Sports Centre, who made their wonderful Studio 1 available, we were able to demonstrate four of our inclusive sports by doing. James was joined by 10 students who enthusiastically threw themselves into playing new age kurling, goalball, boccia and sitting netball. A fantastic afternoon was had by everyone involved.

There was laughter, questions, interaction and engagement, a great afternoon of fun and helping relations with our friends from across the big pond. There was even talk they might look at persuading their colleagues back home to have a go with some of the games.

James Spee, Professor, at University of Redlands, said:

“We had the pleasure of meeting Power2Inspire founder John Willis, volunteer Dan Blackburn, and board member Catherine Hall.  After learning about Mr. Willis and how he came to found Power2Inspire, the group enjoyed playing the adapted games. They had great fun and at the same time gained appreciation for how the games would work with people of varying abilities. The two hour session flew by. Inspired by the program, one student chose to write her term paper on the potential for implementing Power2Inspire back in California.”

John Willis, Founder and Chief Ambassador, Power2Inspire, said:

“Our PowerHouseGames give University students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone, to grow leadership and teamwork skills, and to learn about the benefits of inclusivity. It was an honour to be able to host our PowerHouseGames with such passionate students all the way from California.”

“We’re delighted that one of the students has chosen to write about Power2Inspire, it is great to hear the impact the games have had.”

Inspired? Then Get Involved!

Would your university sports team, or school love to be involved in a PowerHouseGames? Could your company support our mission by volunteering? If so, then we would love to hear from you. We are also always looking out for people willing to be involved through their own inspiring means.

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