‘Solihull Gets Active’ for Paralympics celebration.
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Community groups and disabled residents from across the borough are set to celebrate the Paralympics torch relay in style, hosting a unique accessible sports event at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.
Bromford Support, one of the regions leading support providers, has teamed up with Enable-Solihull and other key partners to launch the 'Solihull Gets Active' initiative, encouraging accessible sports for all ages and abilities.
Taking place on Wednesday 29th August to coincide with the 24-Hour Paralympic torch relay, the event runs from 10.00am - 4.30pm and will include games of wheelchair basketball, badminton, boules, sport demonstrations and much more.
Open to everyone in Solihull, the event is primarily focused on giving people with disabilities and the less able the opportunity to experience the joy of sport during London 2012.
Helen Horsfall, Service Manager for Bromford Support, believes the area needs more activities catered towards people with disabilities. She said, "There is a distinct lack of accessible sports in Solihull. The Solihull Gets Active initiative hopes to get less-able residents out and about, engaging in physical activities and sports not necessarily at a competitive level.
"It's about everyone having the opportunity to get some exercise and have fun at the same time"
Kay Donaghy, who works for Enable-Solihull, a disabled people's organisation helping individuals and local services to improve accessibility in Solihull, has led the project. She said, "It's been fantastic working with Bromford Support to organise the Solihull Gets Active event.
"We feel Solihull lacks sports initiatives for the less-able, and so the day is tailored to help disabled people to find out how they can become more active and to put them in contact with sports clubs and facilities. This coincides with the Paralympics and comes at a time when sport is on our minds as a nation."
Other activities on offer during the event include boccia, martial arts, yoga, Zumba, golf and table tennis.
If you would like to find out more or to book a place please contact Kay, Jo or Sarah at Enable-Solihull on 0121 788 1544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can register online at www.enable-solihull.org.uk/events.html.
There will be a number of photo/ video and interview opportunities throughout the day including key spokespeople and local disabled residents getting involved in the activities.
Notes to Editors:
Partners involved in the project are:
- Bromford Support
- Solihull Community Housing
- Solihull Council Kids
- Age UK Solihull
- Solihull Active
- Parkwood Leisure
- CSW Sport.