The power of sport is helping to build a unique partnership between students from Huddersfield New College and Southgate School. This week children from Southgate have visited the College to enjoy specially adapted sessions for sports such as table tennis and cricket.

Southgate School is a school for children aged 4 -16 who have complex needs. Students studying sports qualifications at HNC have been planning a range of adapted activities that enable the group to participate in sport and make use of HNC’s facilities.

HNC students have also been learning about ways to make sport accessible for all from leaders at Southgate School as part of the relationship. A group of children and young people have been regularly visiting College, building new friendships between students through the fun and challenge of sport.

Jo Caton Teacher of Sport says: “It has been great to see our students interacting with our guests from Southgate School. The leaders from the school have been incredible and our students have learnt so much from them. Our students have enjoyed looking at the best possible ways to help our guests to experience our sports facilities. This is excellent preparation for when they progress to university and the workplace and will be helping a diverse range of individuals to enjoy sport. We are currently looking at developing something similar for a group of adults."

Delroy Facey, from Southgate School, says: “This has been a really inspiring experience, the enjoyment is clear to see on the children’s faces. It has been an honour and a pleasure to take part in this. Many of our pupils have a high level of anxiety, so it is very rewarding to see them interacting and socialising with HNC students – all through sport!”