Young people at Prior's Court have got into the Olympics and Paralympics spirit with a week of sporting events which had a fundraising twist.

With Paris 2024 just weeks away, Olympics Week ran from July 1 to July 5 with the autistic young people with complex needs we support at Prior's Court taking part in runs, cycles, relay races, obstacle courses, trampolining, swimming, rock climbing, horse riding and football matches.

Highlights of the week, put together by our Healthiness Area of Learning team, have included:

  • Surpassing a target of 16 young people running 50 laps of our Track (around 30km) with 56 laps being completed.
  • Surpassing a target of 12 young people cycling 50 laps of our Track (around 30km) with 60 laps being completed.
  • Five young people smashed a target of 25 rock climbs collectively in one hour as there were 60 climbs of 10m completed in one hour.

As many of these events were set at a challenging level for the young person taking part - for example, swimming 20 lengths of our pool or being part of a team to cycle a combined 30km - the young people were collectively being sponsored to complete the challenges.

The fundraising target of £200 has also been comfortably passed with £510 donated so far.

Kirk Smith, our Healthiness Learning Specialist, said:

Our young people exceeded all expectations this week with their efforts in Olympics Week. While seeing targets beaten and the fundraising target getting exceeded, the most important thing is the number of young people who have taken part. We wanted these events to be a challenge, but to remain inclusive to the young people. With more than 90% of young people we support having taken part in at least one event, this is recognition of that ambition.

The funds raised from Olympics Week will go to our fun and recreation appeal which enables young people at Prior's Court to experience the same things as others their age such as summer fairgrounds, fireworks displays and Santa's grotto.

There is still time to donate

The full list of events for the week was:

  • Monday AM - 16 young people running a combined 30km (this is 50 laps around our Track) - COMPLETED AND BETTERED (56 laps done)

  • Monday PM - 12 young people cycling a combined 30km (this is 50 laps around our Track) - COMPLETED AND BETTERED (60 laps done)

  • Tuesday AM - all young people completing an obstacle course - COMPLETED
  • Tuesday PM - three teams of four young people completing a 600m sprint relay - COMPLETED

  • Wednesday AM - five young people completing a combined 25 rock climbs in one hour - COMPLETED AND BETTERED (60 10m climbs in 60 minutes)

  • Wednesday all day - eight young people doing a non-stop bounceathon on trampolines - COMPLETED WITH 21 YOUNG PEOPLE BOUNCING FOR 194.5 MINUTES

  • Thursday AM - four young people completing horseriding laps - COMPLETED

  • Thursday PM - four young people swimming 20 lengths each - NEAR FULLY COMPLETED WITH THREE YOUNG PEOPLE SWIMMING 20 LENGTHS EACH

  • Friday AM - all Lower School participating in a football match - NEAR FULLY COMPLETED WITH MAJORITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART IN MATCH

  • Friday PM - all Post-16 and Young Adult Provision participating in a football match - NEAR FULLY COMPLETED WITH MAJORITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART IN MATCH