Former Scottish rugby international, David Leslie who played for Scotland 32 times, has performed the opening of new facilities for disabled swimmers at Camphill School Aberdeen
The new extension incorporates disabled changing rooms and a hoist that will enable disabled people to use the school’s swimming pool.
The largest donation towards the £77,000 total cost of the extension came from Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, who donated £29,000.
Commenting on the opening, Laurence Alfred, co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:
“Camphill School Aberdeen is recognised as a centre of excellence that has helped so many children with additional support needs to reach their potential. Swimming is one of the sporting activities at which a number of our young people really excel.
“Over the past year pupils from Camphill School Aberdeen have competed in many competitions and, at the Scottish Junior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability, one of our young swimmers collected a silver medal.
“The new facilities will make the swimming pool more accessible for our own pupils and will also be used by disabled people from the wider local community who use the facilities.
“We are so grateful to all the donors who helped us to turn our dream into reality. This is the third project that Wooden Spoon have supported at Camphill School Aberdeen and we are enormously thankful for their support.”
A registered charity, Camphill School Aberdeen provides day and residential education for around 90 children and young people who have additional support needs. The school was recognised as setting ‘sector-leading’ standards in the most recent Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate report. It also achieved a 100% satisfaction rating from parents as part of its reassessment as the only school in Aberdeen to hold Autism Accreditation.
Camphill was founded at Camphill House, in Milltimber, Aberdeen, in June 1940. Now, the Camphill Movement extends to 100 centres in more than 20 countries.