Sir Bill opens Sensory Sports Pad

Sir Bill officially opens sensory reaction area at Red Marsh School

Sir Bill Beaumont

ENGLAND and Fylde rugby legend Sir Bill Beaumont officially opened the new state-of-the art primary and sensory sports pad at Red Marsh School, Thornton, together with members of Wooden Spoon Lancashire. The school specialises in education for 2 to 19-year-olds with severe and complex disabilities.

The new Sensory Sports Pad which was partly funded by a Wooden Spoon Lancashire grant of £21,215  provides the children with a safe and inclusive area to play, learn and have fun in their PE and sport programs. The sports pad is safe and accessible for all pupils, meaning disability is no longer a barrier to health and fun. For example many children have limited mobility and a high risk of falling – the specialist safe flooring offers a comfortable environment to explore and experiment, while the sensory panels keep children engaged and calm. The canopy provides outdoor use even in bad weather and much needed shade on sunny days. With the development of this area in the school, it is hoped there will be an increase in pupils keeping fit and active.

Head teacher Catherine Dellow also paid tribute to the financial backing from parents, local businesses and the community in general for their support in making the new-look area a reality: “Thanks so much to the charities which have supported us and to everyone who contributed – our PTFA has done a great job and the children themselves have done sponsored events to raise money, including a Santa Dash last Christmas.”


Our thanks to Blackpool Sixth Form College for making this video.

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