Young leaders course proves a real knockout with pupils

Pupils form Carr Hill High School helped counterparts at Pear Tree School with their Boccia skills

Pupils form Carr Hill High School helped counterparts at Pear Tree School with their Boccia skills

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Sporting youngsters from Kirkham’s Carr Hill High school have been using their leadership skills to help pupils at neighbouring Pear Tree Special School.

A group of Year 11 students, who have completed their Boccia Young Leaders Award, have been visiting Pear Tree to deliver Boccia tournaments on a weekly basis.

The pupils are fully qualified to coach Boccia, which is a leading paraylmpic sport, and spend one afternoon each week with year 10 and year 11 Pear Tree students.

Sessions involve warm up games and challenges before a mini Boccia tournament takes place.

The Boccia Young Leaders Award is open to all Year 11 Carr Hill students who put themselves forward with the final group selected by PE staff.

The programme has been running since 2013 and Carr Hill enjoy a successful partnership with Pear Tree Specialist School.

Pear Tree assistant Headteacher Kate Walker said: “It is a privilege to work with Carr Hill High School & Sixth Form Centre.

The Boccia sessions allow our students to work with their peers in a fun and creative environment and the Carr Hill students are incredibly self-assured, confident and respectful of any barriers facing our students.”

One of the young leaders said: “I had never played Boccia before so it has been interesting. It’s a good feeling seeing how much the Pear Tree pupils like the sessions.”