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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Special needs sports day

Press Release   •   Sep 20, 2010 13:20 BST

Around 250 young people with special needs took part in their very own paralympic sports day in Tower Hamlets this week (Tuesday 14 September 2010).

Held at Mile End Stadium, the event gave young people with special needs, and learning and physical difficulties the chance to win trophies by competing in track and field events.

The sports day marked the end of an eight week programme funded by the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) Programme, which is run by the council’s Youth and Connexions Service.

Mary Durkin, Service Head for Youth and Community Learning said: ‘It’s great to see so many young people with a wide range of disabilities really taking an interest in sport and athletics; something we’re keen to encourage as an Olympic host borough. Having piloted this project last year, I’m pleased that even more partners have been on board this time.”

A number of organisations were involved in the project including APASENTH, Tower Project, BPCA, Blue Skies Project, The Coburn, and Beatrice Tate, Stephen Hawking and Phoenix Special Needs Schools.

PAYP activities run every school holiday for young people aged 13-19 across the borough. The programme gives teenagers the chance to develop new skills, improve their employment prospects, make new friends and try new activities.

To find out what’s happening in the October half-term call 020 7364 0797 or to search the Family Services Directory which lists all of the activities on offer every school holiday.

Notes to editors

PAYP supports young people aged 8 - 19 (with priority given to 13 - 19 year olds) by offering a range of activities during school holidays. By engaging them in positive activities, the programme encourages young people to engage with their community and make valuable use of their free time during holiday periods. The programme is funded by central government and has close links with the council’s Youth Offending Team, Behaviour Improvement Programme (BIP), Connexions, schools and other agencies. PAYP also aims to support the achievement of the outcomes aligned to the government’s Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda.


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