School Games have awarded us the Bronze School Games Mark 2015-16. The Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education.

This year has been a very exciting year of sport for Exeter Deaf Academy. We have been named Centre of Excellence for Deaf Rugby by England Deaf Rugby, we’ve launched our Active Outdoors Community Club with Haven Banks OEC and have hosted a cricket tournament with our neighbors St Leonard’s Primary School.

We pride ourselves in offering all our students the opportunity to participate in sports. We believe sport can be enjoyed by everyone from specialist sports such as Boccia and table cricket to badminton, gymnastics and football. If there is an activity one of our students wishes to do in the evening then our Care staff will always do their best to provide that activity for them, including trampolining, bowling and frisbee. Care’s award winning Multi-Sport opportunity club also works with local sports coaches to provide tuition in sports students may have never considered before.

Sport not only demonstrates to our students the benefits of healthy living but also boosts self-confidence and concentration. Competitions featured this year with students taking part in Sainsbury’s School Games, a Boccia tournament and our Exeter Fury football team being part of the local Devon Ability Counts league. These competitions allow students to socialise with other students and also learn the values of team work, fair play and that if you try your hardest you have a better chance of success. These lessons can then be applied to school life and help prepare them for the adult world.

We’d like to thank School Games for recognising our work in sport, we’re so proud of everything our students have achieved and would also like to thank everyone who’s been involved with our sports activities over the past year.