The Olympic and Paralympic-inspired School Games programme is now running in 13,000 schools across England, with every school committed to giving its pupils the chance to play disability sport as part of the programme.
This is not only improving opportunities for disabled people, but also improving awareness among other children.
Lerab, 15, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is one of thousands of disabled people who have already benefited from the programme. She says it has ignited a passion for sport, and hope that one day she will get the chance to compete in the Paralympics herself: “The School Games are dead exciting,” she said. “So far, I play boccia, which is really skilful – you throw balls to try and get nearest to the jack to beat your opponent. The other sport I play is wheelchair basketball. It’s really good exercise. I use a special wheelchair and score loads of baskets.”