SENDactive 2017-2018 is go, go, go…

OPENING CEREMONY | DANCE FEST

The SENDactive Calendar of Sport 2017-2018 started with a bang on Thursday 5th October 2017, as over 80 young people from nine SENDactive Partner Schools danced the day away at Hereward College in Coventry.

Both boys and girls, from across key stages 2 – 5, participated in the Dance Fest, marking the first of 25 SENDactive primary and secondary sport and physical activity events taking place throughout the academic year.

The energy levels in the Sports Hall at Hereward College grew as school after school arrived ready for the 10.30am start. With all schools present, attendees were treated to some rousing footage and photos of previous SENDactive events (see video below), before Matt Rickard (SENDactive Sports Coordinator) welcomed and thanked everyone for being part of the Opening Ceremony | Dance Fest.

After the introductions, Jade and Marie of Coventry based Elite Dance Academy got the party started with a mass warm-up. A sea of arms filled the room as both the young people and staff alike got in to the spirit of the Dance Fest.

Dua Lipa’s New Rules set the soundtrack for the main dance and the young people worked within their schools, learning the moves demonstrated by Jade and Marie, with the support and encouragement of Hereward College’s fantastic Performing Arts students, who gave up their time to act as Leaders for the event.

As the Dance Fest drew to a close, each of the schools took to the stage to perform their dance, which included a free-style section, allowing the young people to express their creative talents. From breakdancing and dabbing to toe-tapping and hand clapping (plus some dad dancing from a few members of staff), the young people showed their peers just what they were capable of, and all received the commendation that they deserved from the audience.

The energy in the room was certainly something to behold, and if this is a sign of the year ahead, then it looks set to be the best SENDactive Calendar of Sport yet!

Thanks to Hereward College for hosting the event and providing Leaders; to Jade and Marie from Elite Dance Academy; and to all staff and young people from the SENDactive Partner Schools for being so enthusiastic.