Dream day for foot­ball fans

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

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.”

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