Disability in Sport Week continues with Sit Down Volleyball

Raising awareness about disability sports is at the heart of an initiative run by both Sheffield universities this week.

The joint venture, called Disability in Sport Week, has put on workshops and sessions on a range of sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Disabled & Able Bodied Swimming and Walking Football.

Harry Preston, Sports & Physical Activity Officer for Sheffield Hallam, said: “This week is about providing pathways for development, so those students involved today can take part in the future.

It is also about raising awareness so able bodied athletes know about what disabled people have to go through to participate in sport.”

Subjects such as a inclusiveness have also been covered, with Social Badminton and Communication in sport with deafness also on the programme of events.

Many Great British Paralympic medal winning athletes have taken part in the events throughout the week.

Activities on today include Sit Down Volleyball, which is designed to help people take part on a level playing field and is for all abilities and genders.

Sitting volleyball initially entered the Paralympic Games for athletes with amputations in 1976 in Toronto, and has been a Paralympic sport ever since.

The week will conclude on Saturday with Goalball,which is a 3-aside team sport.

The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war and has been played throughout the world ever since by people who are blind or partially sighted.