Wednesday 11th March
Thanks to the partnership between SportInspired, Life Leisure, SSP Stockport, Sky Sports and Youth Sport Trust, 118 children with varying SEN and disabilities were presented with the fantastic opportunity to take part in a multi-sport festival at Avondale Life Leisure and Stockport Academy.
Primary and secondary school children from 12 different schools each took part in 5 sports and a skills session run by professional athletes, Jenna Downing and Charlotte Hartley, and some enthusiastic Sky volunteers. We were also joined by some Sky Sports Young Leaders from Marple Hall and Stockport Academy who led with confidence and maturity, doing their schools proud.
During the day the children got to experience a variety of local available sports, including Tennis, Rugby, Dance, Boccia and Football, with the aim that they could find one or more that they want to continue playing. They also learnt all about the importance of working together as a team.
The winning teams were presented with trophies, one for the Competition Winners and one for the Team Spirit Winners, by the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport. We were honoured to have them join us and the children were very happy and excited to meet them. All the participants received a medal, presented to them by professional athletes Jenna and Charlotte.
This was the first Sky Sports Living for Sport ‘Lives’ for young people with disabilities. Days like this one are very important for encouraging children to get active and gain important life skills at a young age that will help them in their future endeavors.
Felix Sullivan from SportInspired said, “Volunteers in general were just awesome!! To be so open and welcoming and inclusive and really make kids who would have been understandably apprehensive before the day feel so comfortable. And not just in the first hour but throughout the day. Amazing!!”
A huge, special thanks goes to Sam Barton from Life Leisure and Jude Riddings from SSP Stockport who helped organise and run such a successful day for everyone involved.
If you are interested in finding out more about the SportInspired Games and how you can play your part, please visit http://sportinspired.org/
To find out more about the Living for Sport Programme, please follow this link:
Kat Hodge, SportInspired Games Manager