A law firm has swapped the courtroom for coaching as it supported an inclusive sports day for children with special educational needs.

Specialist lawyers Irwin Mitchell sponsored an inclusive sports day held  for school children in partnership with Worcester Warriors Community Foundation.

The children were given the chance to try a sport named boccia, an established Paralympic sport similar to bowls, as well as traditional sports such as rugby and cricket. 

Children from academic years 7 - 11 were able to attend the day and try out these sports.

Isobel Brick from the Worcester Warriors Community Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Irwin Mitchell to deliver another amazing experience for children of all ages from our communities.

“Our delivery is focused on participation and enjoyment and helping the children to make the most of the experience. It’s also an opportunity to allow children to explore rugby and other sports, including through adapted versions of games, to allow them to try something new and develop their confidence.

"It’s great to see the children get so much out of it and we are grateful to Toni and her colleagues for their support.”

Toni Knott, an expert serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The sports day was a fantastic opportunity to give children the chance to play some familiar sports and discover new activities in a fun way, with professional coaches on hand offer support, advice and encouragement.

“Sports like cricket and rugby promote teamwork and are great icebreakers, while sports like boccia also ensured there was something for everyone and it was great to see the kids involved having so much fun along the way.

“We believe in forming strong links within the communities in which we’re based and through our work we see first-hand what a positive impact sport can have on the lives of individuals.

"It was a pleasure to be involved with Worcester Warriors Community Foundation and Worcestershire Cricket in what we hope will be the first of many such events in the future.”