Success at the Social Inclusion Games | Depaulcharity

Success at the Social Inclusion Games | Depaulcharity

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Success at the Social Inclusion Games

By Anna Alcock - 12 August 2018


Two groups of Depaul UK young people travelled from Britain to the Netherlands in July – to take part in the Social Inclusion Games.

Meeting up at Amsterdam Airport, we set off together to the Social Inclusion Games 2018 hosted in the town of Enschede. The journey to get us all there in the first place was quite an achievement.

We had one resident joining us from Gravesend and other residents attending had never flown before. Three staff travelled with four young people from the South. Overall, three staff supported 10 young people.



Young people at the social inclusion games



Upon arrival, there was a Social Inclusion Games (SIG) coach waiting for the Depaul participants which took us straight to the Games.

At the site, we were greeted by SIG staff and volunteers, taken to the main tent for dinner and then helped to our campsite with our luggage.

As our flights had been delayed, we were putting up tents in the dark and, as some people had never put up a tent, let alone camped before, there was a lot of team support taking place.

The first day at the games involved a football tournament, boules and a badminton tournament. We had young people in each of these sessions and they got off to a great start.

One Depaul young person took home the gold medal for badminton and one of our other residents did so well in that tournament, the runner-up wanted to give her his medal!

Tuesday’s activities involved a volleyball tournament, table tennis, chess, archery and a Frisbee tournament. Our team got involved in each of these activities and while we didn’t take home the gold for winning, one of our young people took home the gold for Best Sporting Attitude, which we feel is a far higher accolade!

Wednesday’s sessions involved “footvolley”, boules, a memory workshop, Highland Games, beach volleyball, mixed badminton doubles, basketball, swimming and tug of war.

Unfortunately, by this stage some of the young people were suffering with twisted ankles and heat exhaustion, and so spent the day doing low-impact activities such as making their own mosaic.

We decided to take the group for some team-bonding with our fellow UK team from Scotland – we all headed to the bowling lanes and watched them have a wonderful evening, cheering each other on and forging new friendships. 

Thursday’s activities involved a dart master tournament, softball, board games, football and a tennis workshop. The temperatures all week had been high and Thursday was no exception. Despite a valiant effort by some of Team Depaul at football, it was felt the afternoon should involve them being in the outdoor swimming pool to recover. It was the first time they had been swimming.

Our penultimate evening was spent doing our very own Depaul pool tournament with some impromptu coaching to make sure everyone could take part.  

The last day at the Games was a far more chilled-out affair. By this point, everyone was struggling in the heat. We made a base under a tree in some shade with a breeze.

Nevertheless, some of our brave athletes managed to take part in the CrossFit workshop, morning yoga session and some finished off their Creative Space pieces.

It was an emotional day, some of the young people said they did not want to leave and it was sad saying “goodbye” to our Northern Group.

But before the goodbyes, we had our very own Depaul Awards ceremony in which every young person received a medal and a thankyou card from Depaul.

In the evening, the SIG organised a farewell barbeque and had a DJ. Our young people owned the dance floor and George officially closed the Games displaying his prowess as an MC! 


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