St Benedict’s, Colchester, Yr 9 Olympic Mission day

For possibly the last time, volunteers Peter Jones and Joan Risby were presenting Olympic themed workshops.

As well as presenting an assembly, including a “Question of Sport”, they organised a number of games of “All to Play For”, based on the Olympic sport of handball.

During the Olympic Games, teams from 205 countries around the world are expected to challenge each other in more than 300 events. But beyond the Games there is a much bigger challenge to tackle: the reasons why people are poor. Playing this game identifies some of the causes of poverty, based on the experiences of talented young people who live in a very poor community in Kenya called Korogocho.

Sports balls are not always easy to find in Korogocho. But the players know they are quick and easy to make, by re-using plastic bags! Students at St Benedict’s also played with balls made from plastic bags tied with string.

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