Little Flower School
Little Flower Girls School, located in North Belfast, has a range of initiatives and programmes in place to help pupils to explore their faith and ways in which it can be put into action, especially in the local community. Recently, the Year 14 students organised a very successful No Limits Sports Day for the junior pupils from Cedar Lodge School, a special needs school, on Friday 7th February.
The Year 14’s were encouraged and inspired to organise the Sports Day by the example of one of their teachers with a disability who participates in weightlifting events. The group wanted to provide an opportunity for young people with disabilities to get involved in a range of sporting activities in a positive, safe and fun environment.
The event was held in Jordanstown Sports Complex as part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Project which encourages young people to take part in civic action within their local communities. The Little Flower students are also participating in the Pope John Paul II Award.
Although they got some funding from the YSI and the BELB to run the day, the students had to hold a range of fundraising events, including a cake sale to ensure the day could go ahead. The whole school community in Little Flower got behind the event and even took part in a competition to design the logo for the event. They truly took ownership of the event.
On the day, the young people were divided into teams and were given the chance to participate in a wide range of sporting activities including wheelchair basketball, football, weightlifting, archery, tennis, athletics and team building games.
Alongside help from sporting groups, the Little Flower students facilitated the day showing great care, patience and leadership. They ensured that the participants were engaged, included and supported. There was a fantastic atmosphere with lots of fun and laughter. The day concluded with an award ceremony recognizing the wonderful efforts of all the participants. Representatives from local Irish Premiership football teams Cliftonville FC and Crusaders FC presented the certificates and medals. There were also some inspiring speeches which encouraged the young people to be willing to try new things and to keep involved in sport.
Clearly the day will have a huge impact on the lives of the Cedar Lodge pupils which is a testament of the commitment and enthusiasm of the Little Flower Students.
Well done to all involved and long may it continue!