School Sport Festivals 2016


On the back of a successful summer of sport at the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, SMILE Through Sport organised their own sport festivals for North East schools and colleges to attend.

The sport festivals took place at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields and Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Durham in October. Local schools and colleges were invited to attend the festivals to participate in a fun packed day of different Paralympic sports. The students who attended the festivals were given the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in athletics throwing and running activities, Boccia skill games, tennis challenges, introduction into sitting volleyball and in partnership with Gateshead Community Rowing Club students had the opportunity to use the indoor rowing machines


The festival in South Shields had a guest appearance from 6th time Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE. Stephen officially opened the festival by giving a brief insight into his experience from Rio 2016. Stephens stayed for the full day encouraging the students at the rowing station. Students also got the chance to individually speak with Stephen, look and hold his Paralympic Bronze medal and have their photo taken with him. All students thoroughly enjoyed the festivals and having the chance to try some new sports especially the indoor rowing machines.


“Just wanted to say than you for a great day the kids really enjoyed it” Teacher, Sir Charles Parsons School, Newcastle

“We are having a brilliant time with @Smile_T_Sport at their disability sport festival! Great to see our @mbrocollege students getting active” College Sport Maker, Middlesbrough College.


A big thank you to all schools that came to the festivals, to our SMILE coaches who made the day enjoyable for all, to Gateshead Community Rowing Club for supporting both festivals and to our guest Paralympian Stephen Miller.

If you would like your school or college to be involved in our next festival, please send relevant contact details to Jenni on 07710 891 741 or e-mail For more information about the adapted indoor rowing machines and the chance to try them at your school, contact Mick Downworth on 07767 298 847 or