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Power House Games inspires sporting students to join forces

By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk

Powerhouse Games, Sports Centre and Gym, University of Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Powerhouse Games, Sports Centre and Gym, University of Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge University RUFC, PEM, Impington Village College, Felsted School and Castle School take part in competition

Students young and old joined forces to take part in the Power House Games at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

Players from Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club were pitted with pupils from Impington Village College, Felsted School and Castle School and accountants from PEM in a sporting challenge.

Organised by John Willis and Power2Inspite, and supported by the Cambridge Community Foundation and PEM, 12 teams of six faced each other in five-a-side basketball, walking football, five-a-side touch rugby, goalball, boccia and polybat, which is a derivative of table tennis.

Each of the 12 teams was named after a Gallagher Premiership rugby side.

“I thought it was absolutely brilliant,” said Willis, founder and CEO of Power2Inspire.

“Given the fact that each team of six had an accountant, two university rugby players, the Felsted and Impington kids were 14 and 15, and then Castle School students who were between 14 and 18, it was a very diverse team.

“It was people who had never met each other before, and they gelled remarkably well. Some of the help by the young kids to the disabled kids was outstanding, awesome.

“They all got to grips with the games, and some of them became quite competitive. There was whooping and hollering when people scored.

“It was absolutely fantastic.”

He added: “The brilliant thing is that we will follow it up by taking any of the people there to the Varsity Match at Twickenham on December 6 because the kids have got to know the players they will see in the Varsity Match – and both the women’s and men’s games.”

Stephen Peak, partner at PEM, said: “PEM were proud to sponsor the event alongside the John Stewart Memorial Fund. For our volunteers in particular it was a very inspiring day and we were grateful to be part of such a special event.”


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