On Thursday 20th September 15 of Christ’s Hospital’s Sports Ambassadors spent the day at the picturesque Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Ground assisting, officiating and coaching in a football festival for adults with learning disabilities. The CH Sports Ambassadors scheme was set up 2 years ago to provide pupils with a platform to develop leadership skills as well as a pathway into sports coaching and officiating. Part of the course is to provide the pupils with experience of working withpeople with learning difficulties in a sporting environment.
The event at Arundel took place on the cricket ground that was created by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk way back in 1895. The outfield that has in the past been graced by many world famous cricketers was generously given over for the day to allow this most worthwhile football tournament to take place. There were over 100 participants at the event organised by Matt Swanson the Deputy Manager of Aldingbourne Country Centre, one of the nine care centres participating in the event. Christ’s Hospital’s Director of Sport Dave Messenger, said: “It is fantastic that CH pupils are able to support such a worthwhile event. There was fun and enjoyment in abundance, all wrapped up with a hefty dose of competitiveness!”
One of the more Senior CH Sports Ambassadors, Jack, commented that “Working with such lovely, and charismatic people at Arundel, was an experience that will help drive my enthusiasm for sport and has made me more determined to shape my own life to the full.”
The festival was a great success – and despite the grey clouds overhead the weather held out to help ensure that, what proved to be a very competitive and exciting tournament, was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The tournament could not have taken place without the generous support of the Director of Cricket at the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club, Johnny Barclay.
Toby Edwards (GE/Yr 11) said of the day “It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and knowing that you impacted on so many peoples live in a positive way really puts a smile on your face.”
Dave Messenger added “Some of the participants had severe learning difficulties and it was a delight to see how the CH pupils managed the day, our pupils certainly left Arundel having had as rich an experience as those participating from the various centres. We look forward to assisting again next year and with the cricket festival in the summer term.”
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