Teams of able-bodied pupils and those with disabilities across North Tyneside have taken part in an exciting series of physical and mental activities led by students from TyneMet.

The Gateway Challenge took place at the Rising Sun Country Park and was organised by the Schools Sports Partnership which ensures inclusion in PE and sport for any pupil with a disability.

A team of TyneMet students undertaking the Higher Sports Leaders Award as part of their BTEC Sports course have spent the past eight weeks preparing for the event. They were on hand to lead the group activities.

Praising the TyneMet team efforts, Jayne Dixon from the Schools Sports Partnership said: "As leaders they have to run activities and develop their own confidence and getting involved in projects like The Gateway Challenge does help build that confidence more than anything. Hopefully it may inspire some of them to look to a career working with youngsters with disabilities."

The pupils were involved in a variety of tasks, including some team members being blindfolded and sent into an imaginary minefield while others helped them find their way by shouting instructions.

TyneMet student, Matthew Speedie led one of the groups. He said: " Rather than separating people between able-bodied and those with a disability, everybody should be as one just like today. It's great to see the youngsters enjoying themselves."

Working on the event forms an important part of the course for the TyneMet students. Their teacher Chris Wall said: "The main aim is to break down barriers but apart from that, the students and the youngsters develop great friendships and the pupils see our students as role models and they look up to them and really enjoy such events.\