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Academy students take flight with Paralympian

Students from City Academy and Bristol Metropolitan Academy had the chance to meet Mel Clarke, the medal-winning archery athlete

Posted by Julian Owen | February 14, 2018 | Sports & leisure

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

Students involved in the Step into Sports Leadership programme were introduced to Mel Clarke, bronze medallist at Beijing 2008 and awarded silver in London four years later.

who led a workshop discussing what a role model is and the characteristics that make them inspiring. The students then had the chance to take part in a range of different indoor sporting activities, including New Age Kurling seated volleyball, and an archery lesson. Using arrows with suckers on the end, they were guided through the techniques and practice regimes 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 contribute to their local community by volunteering at a 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 5-6 schools, now we have 10–15 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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