Come and Try event an inspiration
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Adults and young people played wheelchair basketball, athletics, boccia, cricket, football, table tennis including poly bat and table cricket. These sports were run by experienced coaches from local clubs and sporting bodies. As well as talent spotting, they encouraged people to take up a new activity which they may not have previously had an interest in trying.
Speaking after the event, South Gloucestershire Council’s project lead Joanne Iles, said: “The day went very smoothly despite the wet weather and we welcomed around 150 people with physical and sensory impairments to this inspirational event, which was a great achievement. We hope the day provided encouragement as well as inspiration for people to take up a new activity or continue their interest in sports. The aim is to create a lasting legacy which encourages more disabled people into playing sport and a chance to talent spot for sports stars of the future.
The event, which was sponsored by Airbus, was held at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.
Mark Stewart, Airbus’ Filton General Manager and Human Resources Director, said: “At Airbus we are proud to live and work here and to play an active part in our community. We have been involved with South Gloucestershire Council and the Festival of Youth Sport for the past eleven years so we know what a great job they do bringing the enjoyment of sport to life in the region. When the idea of the Come and Try event was being discussed we decided that this project was something that we wanted to be involved with. It felt right that in 2012, a year which promises to be great for sport in our country, that we should do even more to galvanize sporting activity in the region.”
A picture from Thursday’s event featuring competitor Jade Loughlin trying athletics is attached with further images available on our facebook page www.southglos.gov.uk/facebook
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