Abbey School are very excited to take on the Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion School role for South Yorkshire.

A network of 60 YST lead Inclusion Schools from across England  have been established, each selected for their recognised expertise in engaging young people with Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND) to participate, compete and lead through PE and School Sport. They are Inclusion Champions and are visionaries for what high quality, meaningful and inclusive PE and School Sport should look like for every child.

These lead YST Inclusion Schools provide and organise CPD and practical sessions for any interested school work force in their county to help to empower people to be more inclusive in their practice. We are proud to work with our Project Ability Link schools Kelford and Thurcroft to produce a national training video to be used alongside the delivery of the Sainsbury’s Active Kids For All Inclusive PE Programme.

We have recently been asked to contribute to a training video to support people working with children with amputations to access sport, we look forward to seeing this being used in the future with our partners LIMB POWER.

Through the School Games specific programme, termed ‘Project Ability’- the lead YST Inclusion Schools are empowering people to be more inclusive and make a real difference for young people with SEND in school sport, especially with meaningful competition and competition pathways. One of our major successes in South Yorkshire has been to introduce Adventure Challenge to our School Games programme. This is an outdoor, adventurous problem solving, team challenge for teams of 8. 4 young people with SEND and 4 without. This challenge offers all our children the chance to be play a meaningful and enjoyable part in team competition.

Through a range of innovative interventions and activities, the lead YST Inclusion Schools also support young people (including those who have a SEND) to lead the way – raising their aspirations and providing inclusive leadership opportunities.

Our South Yorkshire Step into Sport Camp has given over 150 young people from mainstream and special schools the chance to learn about inclusive leadership this year something we are really proud about and are looking to develop further next year.

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Find out more about our Adventure Challenge!

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What is the Youth Sport Trust Award?


For information about joining our Youth Sport Trust work please contact Jill Newbolt