The aim was to pilot a format for a tournament that would allow students to play in wheelchairs alongside able-bodied students.
Doug Imrie from Swindon Lifestyle team supplied the sports wheelchairs and badminton coach Steve Howard was on hand to give some tips. All pupils, including the able bodied children from Isambard, had the opportunity to experience playing in the wheelchairs, something that they thoroughly enjoyed.
Paul Searle from Brimble Hill school, who was responsible for organising the event, part of a pilot project for Badminton England, then experimented with a variety of ways in which the Commonweal students in their wheelchairs could play with the able bodied pupils. One of the Commonweal students even decided that he would like to play without the aid of his chair and did extremely well.
The session was a tremendous success and something that pupils from both schools greatly enjoyed. It could be a template for further joint projects that incorporate disabled and able bodied children working side by side.