Foundation SEND festival a 'great opportunity' for pupils

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities came together for The Albion Foundation’s Secondary Schools Football Festival.

The schools travelled from across the West Midlands and Birmingham to compete in a variety of activities and games, as well as pupils improving important social skills.

The day was split up with activity stations in the morning, aiming to give participants a form of success by scoring goals and winning points.

Pupils then took part in games against other schools during the afternoon, allowing them to work as a team and enjoy match-style situations.

Learning Support Practitioner at Bristnall Hall Academy, Hindi Lal is grateful for the work that the Foundation does in the school.

“The Albion Foundation is fantastic for our school, they do so much,” said Hindi.

“They put forward so many opportunities for our students to get involved in, which they ordinarily wouldn’t get.

"Today is a great opportunity for the children to get together and showcase the skills that they have because even though they have a disability, they all have a passion for football," she said.

The festival was designed for pupils to socialise with others and have fun, something that The Westminster School pupil, Bradford Moses certainly had on the day.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing football today, it was so fun,” said Bradford.

“It’s been more fun than normal school because we get to play games and win with my friends,” he said.

To find out more about the Foundation’s SEND festivals, please email