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Academy pupils inspired by Paralympic archer

The Paralympic archer led a workshop for City Academy and Bristol Metropolitan Academy pupils

Posted by Lucinda Reid | February 26, 2018 | School life

Students from City Academy and Bristol Metropolitan Academy who are involved in the ‘Step into Sports Leadership Programme’ had the chance to meet Mel Clarke, Paralympic medal winning archery athlete. At the 2008 summer Paralympics, held in Beijing, Mel won a bronze medal and in the London Paralympics 2012 games Mel won a silver medal, to name but a few.

Students were introduced to Mel who led an inspiring workshop where he discussed with students what a role model is and the vital characteristics of a good role model. The students then had the chance to take part in a range of different indoor sporting activities including New Age Kurling and seated volleyball, plus an archery lesson led by Mel.

Using arrows with suckers on the end, students were guided through the techniques and practice regimes that the archers use to hit the target on a regular basis.

The Step into Sport Programme focuses on young people aged 14-19, giving them opportunities to become involved in sports leadership and volunteering and contribute to their local community by volunteering to help at a quality local sports club.

Patrick Williams, Schools Games Organiser, said, “I am very passionate about sport generally and mainly primary school sport. We now have in place a full calendar of sporting activities that schools can get involved in. We have gone from a starting point of five to six schools, now we have 10 to 15 schools taking part. It also inspires me to see these young leaders utilise and develop those leadership qualities to take on the responsibility to work with our primary partners.”

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