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Local Rugby Club Supports Sheridan School

Students at Sheridan School, Thetford have benefited from coaching sessions with the club's qualified coaches and have been presented with a set of rugby shirts to encourage their continued participation in the sport.

The shirts were handed over to the school at a summer BBQ held to celebrate the end of term.

Sheridan School, part of Aspris Children's Services, is a specialist residential school for boys and girls aged 10 to 16 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties with learning difficulties including autistic spectrum disorders.

Autism affects an estimated 600,000 people in the UK of which over 80,000 are of school age. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than it is in girls and sometimes pupils with autism have additional difficulties such as poor motor co-ordination which may also affect their educational needs and access to physical education (PE) and school sport.

Principal of Sheridan School said: "We are very grateful to Wymondham Rugby Club for the new shirts and for the coaching they have given our students.

"Participation in physical activity supports young people with autistic spectrum disorders to develop coping strategies and provides a wide range of opportunities in which they can build self-esteem and learn new skills to achieve success."

"Outdoor, physical activity and competitive sports also provide opportunities for staff and students to share in common experiences such as getting wet or feeling tired. More importantly it provides the chance to work together as a team."

Harry Harris, youth chairman of Wymondham Rugby Club said: "As a club we are committed to developing rugby football in schools across the region. Our qualified coaches work with children of all ages and levels."

"It was a pleasure to attend the BBQ at Sheridan School and meet the students. I was delighted to be able to hand over a set of shirts and I am sure that they will be put to good use."


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