On Wednesday 13th May 2015 we hosted a SportInspired Games festival in partnership with Lloyds banking Group as part of ‘Give and Gain Week’. 160 primary school children, 2 local sports clubs and 94 very enthusiastic Lloyds volunteers took part
In amongst these hundreds of people, there was one boy there named Harley who had his arm in a sling.
Understandably so, his teachers weren’t sure about his ability to participate in the day, in order to prevent him injuring himself further. Not wanting to miss out, Harley had come along anyway.
In the first round he was standing by the side of the judo station, watching his classmates taking part. He looked a bit uncertain so I went over to talk to him and it turned out he had sprained his arm quite badly only 3 days before!
He was rather shy and quiet but after a small bit of encouragement, some reassurance that he could still take part in other sports later in the day and gathering his team around him for some added encouragement, he seemed that little bit brighter and ready to take on the day.
Later on, Harley couldn’t fully participate in the rugby session so, in order to include him, the Lloyds volunteer coach let him do the first pass to start the game before quickly leaving the pitch to shelter his injured arm! He also did some pretty awesome javelin throws in the athletics, much to his delight!
At the end of the day, as Harley left the sports hall, proudly wearing his new medal round his neck, he looked at me, punched his fist in the air and said: ‘Best day ever’.
It really is the small things that can make a huge difference to those around us.
This week over 1000 volunteers are out there creating stories like these and having a huge impact on 3500 kids’ lives.
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