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Urban Youth Games

Opinions about the Poull Ball initiation

On Monday 25 April at the Singelijn school Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, which was one of the winners of our digital challenge at the end of last year, an initiation to Poull Ball took place for the fifth and sixth year.

“To promote inclusion, it is important to remove barriers from an early age. That is why, for our P.E. courses, we work with a neighbouring school that is accessible for children with disabilities such as the hearing impaired and the visually impaired. This is a real challenge in practical terms. The benefits are motivating”, says Sébastien. 

Sébastien – teacher P.E.
Sébastien at the right side

“Poull Ball is an inclusive sport that exists for 13 years now and is played in countries such as Belgium, France and Canada. Everyone, both boys and girls, without or with disabilities, participate fully. Why? You work as a team to move the large ball around – by throwing it, bouncing it… – or try to grab it so that you can hit one of the two cubes. This allows many strategies. You cannot run with the ball”, explains François clearly.

François Poull – inventor Poull Ball

“The impact measurement of inclusiveness of the Urban Youth Games is the subject of our group work. Therefore, we are present at a number of events where we observe and interview people like the teachers. To what extent does the organisation do what it wants to do effectively? Are the playbooks used? Do children get to know other kids of the same age? Do they join a sports club after an event? All questions we try to answer”, Romie clarifies.

Romie – master student in agogic sciences
Romie at the left side

“I did not know Poull Ball before this initiation. It is a fun team sport, even though I lost every game with my team. Next time, we should make better arrangements with each other”, says Uma who reads in her spare time. “Like Uma, this sport was unknown to me”, classmate Gaspard continues. “It is easy to play this sport. During the matches, I could really let myself go”, says Gaspard, who rides a horse, with satisfaction.

Uma and Gaspard – pupils 6th grade
Gaspard at the left side