Arbour Vale comes out on top at inaugural sports competition

James Hockaday

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Arbour Vale comes out on top at inaugural sports competition

Youngsters from Arbour Vale School enjoyed their moment in the sporting spotlight on Tuesday.

Pupils triumphed at the inaugural Berkshire Panathlon Challenge at Reading’s Woodford Park Leisure Centre.

Organised by the Panathlon Foundation, the contest gives children with disabilities the chance to compete against each other in adapted versions of different sports.

Students from the Farnham Road school in Slough excelled in table cricket, seated shot putt, standing long jump and polybat - an adaption of table-tennis.

Standout moments for the school team included Arbour Vale superstar Ali Yusuf throwing a javelin 16 meters without running.

Arbour Vale’s assistant head of PE, Kevin Hughes, said: “It’s lovely to win and come away with a gold medal, but for these guys it’s about taking part, playing new sports against students with similar abilities and mixing.”

By winning the Berkshire Panathlon, Arbour Vale has sealed a place in the South-east regional finals next year.

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