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Disability Sports Day for children in Harrow, Brent and Barnet

Press Release   •   Jul 02, 2013 14:21 BST

Aspire will be holding a special Sports Day for disabled children and children with learning difficulties on Thursday 11th July 2013 at 10.00am at the Aspire National Training Centre in Stanmore. Aspire Sports Development team extends a very warm invitation to all the special schools that they work with in North London following their involvement in Aspire’s ‘Multi Sports 4 All’ project this year. At least 60 children from 12 schools are expected to attend, the majority of whom have some kind of physical or sensory impairment, or learning difficulties.

Multi Sports 4 All aims to increase participation in sport among disabled children in Harrow, Brent and Barnet. Aspire delivers inclusive sport sessions in local schools, introducing disability sports to the children whilst educating teachers on how to adapt sports sessions to cater for disabled children and children with learning difficulties.

At the Sports Day, children will have the opportunity to try out the Aspire National Training Centre, a purpose built and fully accessible leisure facility in Stanmore, where they will take part in disability sports including: Boccia, sitting volleyball and wheelchair sports. The sports provide opportunities to develop teamwork, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. There will be opportunities to challenge other schools with friendly matches on the day and, at the end of the day, there will be an award ceremony for the winners.

Last year’s event was a great success with seven schools attending the multi-sport activities day. Jamie McSherry, a teacher from participating school, Mill Hill County High School, said,

‘The coaching staff at Aspire are able to engage all students at Mill Hill County High school, irrespective of age and ability. Whether our young people are able bodied, physically or mentally impaired, or have mild or severe learning difficulties, they are all engaged fully with a real personalised feel. Most importantly however, they are included - something they rarely experience in Physical Education and Sport more broadly.’

Now in its second year, the ‘Multi Sports 4 All’ project is funded by John Lyon’s Charity, who provided a grant of £58,000 for the three-year programme. John Lyon’s Charity said,

“The Multi Sports 4 All project is a great initiative that, not only introduces more children in North West London to disabled sports, but enables schools to build sustainable sports sessions that benefit children long term. Given these tools, and the fantastic accessible facilities at the Aspire National Training Centre, the project may even be a springboard for gifted and talented individuals to develop their skills to regional and national competition level.”

With projects such as Multi Sports 4 All, Aspire aims to increase opportunities for disabled people and remove some of the barriers that they can face in day to day life. Getting involved in sports activities not only helps everyone enjoy better physical health and mobility, but it can also develop personal self esteem and confidence.

For further information, to attend the day or to arrange interviews or pictures, contact Amy Wackett, Communications Manager at Aspire on 020 8420 8957, or email amy.wackett@apire.org.uk

Aspire is a leading national charity supporting the 40,000 people with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services. Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a spinal cord injury, helping them move from injury to independence.

The Aspire National Training Centre was the first fully integrated training centre in Europe for disabled and non-disabled people. Facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool with ramped access for wheelchair users, and with a water temperature of 31 degrees; a fully integrated Inclusive Fitness Initiative approved fitness studio; an accessible sports hall; and a dance studio (national home to the internationally acclaimed integrated dance company, Candoco).

John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to registered charities for the benefit of children and young people.  Grants are restricted to the nine London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.  Since 1992 John Lyon’s Charity has distributed over £65 million to a large range of services including youth clubs, arts projects, counselling, child care and parental support schemes, sports programmes and academic bursaries.  


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