Podcast hosted by autistic students reaches special landmark

The TWS Sports Podcast made by students at Tettenhall Wood School in Wolverhampton is due to release a landmark 100th episode.

Tettenhall Wood is a school for autistic children and young adults, which launched the podcast in May 2021 to teach its pupils key skills such as communication, developing social skills, improving confidence and more. It also hopes to raise awareness and acceptance of autism to the wider community.

An extensive range of guests have appeared on the TWS Sports Podcast including Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce, Conor Coady, Joe Hart, Sir Clive Woodward, Lewis Moody, Nasser Hussain, Rob Key, David Lloyd, Mark Wood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Steve Davis, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Paddy McGuinness.

It’s thought to be the only podcast in the UK that is hosted by autistic children who interview big names in sport. In 2021 it won Best Equality and Social Impact Sports Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards and was runner up for the same award this year, losing out to a cricket podcast produced by the BBC.

tws spors podcast student with wrexham manager phil parkinson
TWS Sports Podcast students with Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson

Teacher at the school, Adam Millichip says: “The podcast has been an amazing adventure for everyone involved. It has provided the students with lots of key skills that they will take into adulthood and the world of work. It has been an honour to support our students with developing this award-winning podcast.”

Releasing on 12 December, the 100th episode will mark an incredible achievement for the podcast. It was expected to feature just a few guests, only run for a few weeks or months and now 3 years later, it is still going, stronger than ever.

The 100th episode will be a collection of previous guests and previous hosts coming together to give their thoughts and opinions on the podcast over the last 3 years. It will reflect on some highs and lows and the future of the podcast.

The TWS Sports Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and https://www.twssportspodcast.co.uk/.

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