Students playing curling

Fitz hosts its first PowerHouseGames

On Friday 21st October, Fitzwilliam played host to its inaugural PowerHouseGames. The event brought together three local schools to play inclusive sports. All the activities are designed to be accessible and fun for everyone, old and young, with disabilities and none, sporty and not – and we had an amazing time!

Students at Fitz partnered with Power2Inspire, the charity behind the PowerHouseGames initiative, to put together a morning of games at the University Sports Centre. Pupils from three local schools – King’s, Impington Village College and Highfield – joined the 24 Fitz volunteers in a carousel of specially-adapted games. From sitting volleyball, to new age curling, pupils had the chance to learn new skills, meet new friends, and – most important of all – to participate fully in the activities.

For Power2Inspire’s Founder and Chief Ambassador John Willis, the purpose of the PHG is very straightforward, “the number one rule is that everyone has fun – and no-one is left on the bench.” And it was this strong ethos of inclusion that spoke to the Fitz organisers, Clubs and Societies President and Vice-President, Maya Hodgson and Bethany Haran.

It was a very enjoyable, fun-filled morning for all of us, with many of the games such as Boccia and Goalball being new for all of us. It was also very rewarding to watch all of the children become more confident throughout the morning communicating with each other and us as university students. A huge thank you must go to John Willis, Alex Laybourne and the team from Power 2 Inspire. We are so grateful for the opportunity to get involved with your amazing work, as it really resonates with our mission for inclusion within College Sports and Societies.
Maya and Bethany

On November 4th, Fitz students will hold a Formal Hall to celebrate the event and raise awareness (and hopefully some funds) for the charity…and start planning for our next PowerHouseGames in 2023.

If you’d like to find out more about Power2Inspire and the PowerHouseGames initiative, then please click here:

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