Children from 22 of Greater Manchester’s special educational needs schools will come together on 21st June to enjoy a day of fun and sporting activities. The sports day, to be held at Manchester’s famous Sport City, can accommodate wheelchair users and all ability levels. Each SEN school will be represented by a team of 10 children who will participate in a number of activities specifically designed in partnership with Sportshall Athletics. Children with autism, Down’s syndrome and a range of physical disabilities can all compete at the event regardless of age or ability.

The championship, sponsored by the Manchester branch of education staffing specialist, Randstad Education, will see pupils with disabilities between the ages of 5 – 16 enjoy a number of athletic events including long jump, javelin and sprint relays.
Martin Hopkins, business manager at Randstad Education in Manchester, comments: "We’re delighted to be able to host this free event for the second year running. We launched the championship in 2011 and it was incredibly well received by the local community. The event gives the children the opportunity to compete in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, allowing them to make friends with other pupils with additional needs from across the region. Both the schools and parents had a fantastic day last year and the children can’t wait for this year’s event."

The activities will culminate with a presentation in the afternoon where participating children will be awarded certificates and medals.

About Randstad Education
Randstad Education is a specialist division of Randstad, one of the leading recruitment & HR services providers in the world with a top five position in the UK and a top three position in fifteen countries including the US, France and Germany. Randstad Education teachers, assistants and lecturers work alongside 135,000 young people per day across 2,500 schools a week, positively shaping their lives at nurseries, schools, colleges and training organisations across the UK. Established in 1993, Randstad Education, the new name for Select Education, has a network of 38 branches throughout the UK with teams of education specialists, including dedicated primary, secondary, special needs, early years and further education consultants.

Working closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), Home Office and other government bodies, it also partners on ground-breaking education research with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Campaign for Learning. As a result the company has pioneered many aspects of educational staffing, from quality controls and systems through to introducing new services for SEN and teaching assistants. Randstad Education Limited is an accredited Investor in People (IIP) organisation, a member of the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and is accredited with the international quality standard BS EN ISO 9002.Visit for more information