THERE was a taste of Italian passion and English pedigree for Poole’s Victoria Education Centre and Sports College students.

Pupils, who were taking part in a series of exciting Sports Week events, got the chance to get up close and personal with two Ferraris, a Maserati and an Aston Martin sports car.

The cars were at the Lindsay Road college, providing the backdrop for the centre’s Grand Prix event. Disabled youngsters took part in a series of wheelchair races around a specially laid out circuit, before taking to the podium afterwards.

College principal Chris Davies said: “Our students and staff have been really excited by all the fun activities that will take place during Sports Week.

“They are a perfect opportunity for our young people to have fun and be physically active in a variety of inventive ways.”

In between races a number of lucky students were hoisted into one of the Ferraris.

There were smiles all round when the engine revved and several hundred horsepower roared into life.

The centre is a day and residential school and sports college offering education, care and therapy for disabled students, aged up to 19.

Mr Davies said: “Victoria school is a very special place and we are always striving to deliver the best education and care for our students.”

During Sports Week students and staff enjoy activities such as sailing, football pitch tours, a picnic and even an afternoon at the beach.