Bournemouth EchoGrand time at the races for Victoria Education Centre students (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Grand time at the races for Victoria Education Centre students

Bournemouth Echo: POLE POSITION: Students at Victoria Education Centre taking part in a Grand Prix race as part of their sports week POLE POSITION: Students at Victoria Education Centre taking part in a Grand Prix race as part of their sports week

GRAND Prix day brought the glamour of F1 to a Poole school – with a variety of top marques to enjoy.

The students of the Victoria Education Centre and Sports College at Branksome Park had a Ferrari to sit is as well as American cars, with Parkstone Golf Club members adding to the fun with some of their top-of-the-range motors yesterday.

The school’s own Grand Prix was a wheelchair race with the winner the person closest to completing the number of predicted laps, taking the trophy donated by Coles Miller solicitors.

National Sports Week was being celebrated in style this week by the 94 students of the residential and day school for disabled students aged three to 19.

They kicked off the fun with everyone taking part in a mile, three times round the cricket pitch at Poole Park, in their wheelchairs, bikes or walking frames, all ferried from the school by mini-bus.

“The students loved it,” said Martin Cook, PE assistant at the school. “Any excuse to get out in the sun.”

Flying day gave the youngsters the chance to try out their skills on a simulator as well as making their own aircraft from items found round the school on a scavenger hunt.

And six lucky students took to the air for real earlier in the month, taking the controls of a light aircraft over Newbury and Reading. “They had an amazing experience,” said Martin.

The Golden Goggles Swimming Gala, ball sport boccia competition and a dance-off ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy.

However there is also a serious competition tomorrow with the 18-team national table cricket finals at Lords.

“This competition has been going about 15-years and we have won it about 10 times,” said Martin. “They take it really seriously.”

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