Success as more than 700 Vale pupils complete mini disability training

Primary school children across the Vale have learnt how to involve everyone in day to day activities organised by Disability Sport Wales.


Published: Wednesday 26 July 2017


More than 700 pupils have now completed the Mini Disability Inclusion Training, and organisers are hoping to reach 1,000 pupils by March next year. 


The aim of the course is to learn more about what disabled children, young people and adults can do as well as how children can include their friends in all PE and physical activities.


The project was launched in January and pupils from St Helens RC Primary School, Gwenfo Primary, Jenner Park Primary, Oakfield Primary, Palmerston Primary and St Athan all took part.


Simon Jones with Gwenfo primary school pupils
Jenner Park primary school pupils


The success has spread across the Vale and local scout groups have also shown interest in taking part.


Members at the 11th Barry Sea Scouts were the first group to complete the training outside of a school environment. The 2nd and 4th Barry Beavers and 1st Penmark Cubs also completed the course and achieved their disability awareness badges.


The 1st Penmark Cubs will put their training to good use with an inclusive Archery Session later in the year.

“I spoke with Disability Sport Wales about talking to school pupils about disability inclusion training and the idea piloted in Cardiff. The message of the course is to show its ok to ask someone questions on what is the best way to get them involved if you’re not sure. 


The feedback we’ve had has been brilliant, and it’s great to see so many proactive schools in the Vale of Glamorgan who want to make sure everyone has the chance to participate in Sport and Physical Activity.


The initial target for the year was to provide training for 400 pupils, this has been smashed due to the willingness of schools and local Scout Groups.” - Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer


Members of the Vale of Glamorgan Sports and Play Development Team, Tom Howles and Lucy Mitchell, will head to primary schools in the new year to continue sharing ideas on how pupils can include everyone in sport and physical activity.


Plans are in place to hold public events in the Vale of Glamorgan during the next school term.


To learn more about the training, email Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer: