In Sheffield we believe that sport is for all and we are committed to breaking down barriers to ensure that all the value and benefits of sport and physical activity can be shared by all our students.
As such, Sheffield Students’ Union (SU) and the Sports Officer at Hallam have teamed up to put on Sheffield’s ‘Disability in Sport Week’. We are running a range of events this week to break down the barriers and stereotypes regarding disability and sport at our Universities.
Through putting on a host of accessible sport sessions, workshops, training and speaker events throughout the week, we hope to raise the profile and awareness of accessible sporting opportunities available in Sheffield.
However, we also recognise how much work still needs to be done to make sure that sport and facilities on campus are more accessible and inclusive. The ‘Breaking the Barriers’ panel discussion’ event on Tuesday 27 November at 7.30pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium will be a particularly good opportunity to come and listen to some of our current and past disabled student athletes sharing their experiences of sport at university and more widely.
Highlighting the current barriers and experiences of disabled students’ participating in sport at Sheffield University is something I had the opportunity to share with senior members of staff at the university at the University Executive Board (UEB) and Professional Services Forum (PSF) last week. I am pleased to share that I have been informed that an audit of Goodwin Sport Centre’s accessibility has been organised, with much needed improvements soon to be undertaken.
Finally, we are also celebrating the sporting success of current and previous para student athletes throughout the week. In particular, Sheffield Alumnus student and GB para-table tennis athlete, David Wetherill, will be joining us on Friday 30 November at 4.15pm in Gallery Room 2 to deliver a talk and Q& and A, followed by a ‘Take on Dave’ table tennis challenge in the Activities and Sports Zone. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to take on a GB star, please do come along!
To find out more information about the week and to get involved with something new, please like and share https://www.facebook.com/disabilitysportweek/ and join in with out hashtags
#sportforall, #disabilityinsportweek and #nothingcanstopus.