Students enjoy visit from Paralympic and Deaflympic stars

Paralympic athlete Ryan Crouch speaks to students at Ixworth Free School about his journey into spor

Paralympic athlete Ryan Crouch speaks to students at Ixworth Free School about his journey into sport Picture: SECKFORD FOUNDATION FREE SCHOOLS TRUST - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Ixworth Free School, near Bury St Edmunds, enjoyed an action-packed day following a visit from a Paralympic swimmer and a deaf football player.

Swimmer Ryan Crouch, who competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and elite football player Fil Kamps, who played in the Deaf World Cup and 2017 Deaflympics.

The athletes held a whole-school assembly where they shared their exceptional journeys into sport, inspiring students with stories of determination, strength, and resilience, before hosting a series of fitness sessions with students in Years 7 to 10.

The athletes’ visit on December 6 was followed by the school’s annual achievement evening, where Crouch was a guest speaker and presented awards to students.

Mark Barrow, headteacher at Ixworth Free School, said: “We would like to thank Ryan and Fil for both taking the time to visit Ixworth Free School, it was a fantastic day full of celebration and inspiration for students in all years.


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“It was wonderful to hear stories of great determination and success from the athletes, followed by students celebrating their own successes at our achievement evening.”

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