School’s Challenge has firmly established itself as a major event in the school calendar, highlighting the need for active and participatory activities for children with disabilities.
The Challenge has evolved from the recognition that challenging activities play an important role in the individual development of children of all abilities and ages.
Now in its 24th year and organised in partnership with Local Aid, SNAP Cymru, Mid and West Fire Service, Neath Port Talbot Police Schools Liaison, The National Probation Service, Gower Colleges, Prince’s Trust, HSBC and many other local volunteer organisations and businesses
Over 30 activities hosted by local organisations and business were organised throughout the park. Every day 400+ children from 100+ schools attend from across the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot areas. Teams from local business and organisations welcomed over 2000 children, teachers, carers, parents and spectators during the five day event.
The week was a great laugh and gave children the chance to develop confidence, leadership skills, self-esteem and team building skills as well as the opportunity to have fun and get very wet and muddy.
An important part of the week were the children’s fancy dress costumes. This year’s theme was WW1 and throughout the week we saw some incredible outfits including soldiers, sailors and airmen.
It was a great week and we were very impressed by the effort and enthusiasm of all the children involved, which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere.
Our Chief Executive, Denise Inger, is passionate about Schools Challenge and the benefits it brings to children and young people. Speaking after the event she said:
‘The event is only made possible by professionals working together, pooling resources and achieving something special for children. Local Aid Schools Challenge provides opportunities for children with additional needs to represent their school. The event is competitive, challenging and inclusive… and children have fun!’
Finally, a big thank you to our volunteers, who helped to make the week a big success. A special mention must go to Joshua Ham, Sean Lloyd and Alex Gatherer who worked tirelessly cutting out poppies and assembling a bi-plane puzzle for the children to make and solve.