Dream day for football fans
STUDENTS with autism were given a special training session with professional footballers who visited as part of an awareness week.
All the children at Wilmslow High School got involved with activities as part of an autism awareness day. The day took place as part of the national Autism Awareness Week which sees schools, charities and other organisations running events to increase understanding of autism – which affects a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others.
Pupils at Wilmslow who have autism took part in a training session with footballers from Macclesfield Town as part of the day.
The players, Danny Whitaker, Paul Turnbull, Scott Barlow and Theo Bailey-Jones participated in a penalty shootout on the astro-turf and finished with a Q&A session.
Katie Goodwin, head of Autism Spectrum Resource at the school, said: “Wilmslow High is an inclusive school and we take every opportunity to celebrate all of the students and their differing needs.
“Our autism awareness day was part of this.
“The highlight for many of the children was our special visitors from Macclesfield Town.
“Having so many players being ex-Wilmslow High students, it seemed only natural for Macclesfield Town FC to come and join the celebrations.
“The students were all fully engaged and clearly were relishing the opportunity of playing alongside professional players.
“After an enjoyable session outside, the players and members of the management team sampled cakes made by students and staff. All had a great time, rounded off by the school receiving free football tickets for some of the students.”
The day featured activities including solve-thepuzzle competitions, a cake sale and parents’ tea party.
It raised £170 for the charity Space4Autism which runs activities for young people with autism and support for parents from its base in Macclesfield.
Katie said: “The school has a special relationship with autism, being only one of two schools in Cheshire East to have a Secondary Autism Spectrum Condition Resource provision.
“Students from throughout the school were involved in celebrating the day, not just those with autism. The day was a huge success and very enjoyable.”