Congratulations to the APS SEND / Inclusive Sports Team, who have won Haringey's 'Disabled Sports Team of the Year' award.
2018 was an amazing year for inclusive sport at Alexandra Park School. This has been because of the talent, passion, energy and commitment shown by so many of our students that have additional needs. Sport has given our students a chance to reflect the school motto ‘Success for all’.
Last summer, at the end of year School Sports Celebration Awards Ceremony, parents, staff and students were truly inspired by the success achieved by all our gifted athletes, but for those students who sometimes have their additional needs described as a ‘disability’, they clearly demonstrated their ‘ability’ again and again, as they proudly represented their school and borough with distinction.
The APS inclusive sports team were proud to represent their school and Team Haringey at the London Youth Games in 2018. We are very fortunate to have a Borough Sports Development Team who encourage and fully support sports participation for all.
The APS Inclusive cricket team were Runners Up in the final at Lords Indoor Cricket Ground, the 4thtime that APS had appeared in the finals in the last five years. Many of the team are looking forward to returning this year, to see if they can go one better.
The APS MLD Tennis squad, consisting entirely of Yr7 players, came third in London, despite competing against students two years older. They helped secure the points necessary to win Haringey the School Shield for the fifth successive year, in the last competition of the year.
The APS wheelchair basketball / IZB squad again came third at the London Youth Games for the second year running, despite competing against boroughs with well-established wheelchair basketball clubs. Entering this competition has been a real eye opener for our ‘abled body’ students, who compete alongside those with a lower limb impairment. The empathy and respect for those who need to use a wheelchair was evident in training sessions and the competition, where they came up against national league players.
The APS Boccia squad came 9th at the London Youth Games with a new look team after some key players relocated out of London. However, the Haringey Primary School Boccia Squad, benefitted from joint training sessions, by making the finals in the mini games.
We also had success in the Inclusive sailing event at the London Youth Games with another 9th place finish. Josh has competed in this event, with a variety of partners for the last three years. He has shown both fearlessness and a sense of adventure.
In the last twelve months, because of our students' commitment to inclusive sport, we have been fortunate to have school visits from Paralympians Tim Prendergast and Liz Johnson. Their visits have been highlights of the school calendar.
They have inspired and mentored some of our most committed squad members. Over the last two years, APS students with additional needs have been chosen to deliver presentations at the London Step Into Sport Leadership Academy held at Lords.
They have been excellent role models, sharing their personal story and successes with the hundreds of sports leaders who have attended from all over London. Their mission has been to encourage inclusion in sport for all abilities.
This amazing group of students, who share a passion for sport, always give 100% and have developed into a tight-knit team who use their experiences to develop not just their own, but each other’s skills. They have also embraced the opportunity to work with SEND students from Primary Schools and Special schools in the borough developing their own sports leadership skills.
Sport at APS is flourishing, but this special group of students are an example to all, of what hard work and determination can achieve, despite what obstacles they face in everyday life..