The MSSP Inclusive Multi Sports Festival took place on Friday 19th November 2021 at the superb facilities of the AELTC Community Courts, Raynes Park with 26 teams from 20 schools in Merton borough. We had so many schools interested that we continued with the format of splitting the sessions into two; a morning and an afternoon session, to enable all schools to enter.

‘The festival is an event designed to encourage participation in sport with the focus being on providing pupils with a fantastic opportunity to try a range of sports in a fun and enjoyable environment.’

There were 10 stations for pupils to take part in and each school team played against or alongside a different school throughout the areas. The stations consisted of Boccia Blast, Slalom Skills, Seated Volleyball, Kurling Spin, Target Golf, Bean Bag Throw, Basket Ball, Flight Path, Ten Pin Topple and Tic Tac Toe Tennis.

The attitude of all the pupils taking part was wonderful. Everyone represented their school team with great joy and tried their best at each station. This energy filled the arena and gave the whole day a great feeling for all who attended.

The teams at the festival across both sessions were:

Poplar x 4, Hillcross x 2, Wimbledon Park, Pelham, Joseph Hood, West Wimbledon x 2, Wimbledon Chase, Garfield, Singlegate, Harris Primary, Sacred Heart, Liberty, SS Peter and Paul, Lonesome, St. Teresa’s x 2, All Saints, William Morris, Malmesbury, St. John Fisher, Abbotsbury.

To encourage participation at the inclusive festival we did not record any official results or placings, however, during the day, we strongly urged schools to use their nomination for the REFSPECT certificate – an award for the school or individual showing outstanding fair-play, encouragement and sportsmanship towards others. Congratulations to Jospeh Hood (AM) and St. Teresa’s (PM) for being voted the REFSPECT award by their fellow schools for the 2021 festival.

Special thanks go to the 19 sport leaders from St John Fisher School who supervised and delivered the activities superbly throughout the festival and ensured the pupils had an incredibly enjoyable experience. Thanks also for all the support from the staff at the AELTC Community Courts for going above and beyond to help us host and for facilitating a special atmosphere making the school pupils and staff feel so welcome.

We are looking forward to the 2022 festival already!

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