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Huntingdon Disability Sports Extravaganza

On 6 July 2014, Huntingdonshire Disability Sports Forum, in partnership with the Sport and Active Lifestyles team at Huntingdonshire District Council and sports clubs from across the district, welcomed participants of all ages and abilities to try a variety of sports, many for the first time, at the One Leisure Outdoor Centre, St Ives.

The range of sports on offer on the day included:

  • Tennis
  • Zumba
  • Squash
  • Cricket
  • Golf
  • Adaptive cycling
  • Archery
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Boccia
  • Rounders
  • Volleyball
  • Football

The festival is run with the support of local clubs and organisations who offer excellent coaching, and opportunities to get involved with sport on a regular basis.

Councillor Robin Howe, whose executive responsibilities include Sport and Active Lifestyles, said:

“On the back of the momentum created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, days like this in Huntingdonshire show the range of options available for people with additional needs or disabilities to get involved in sport, whether it’s playing for fun and socialising, to stay fit and healthy, or competing.”

Special thanks must go to Houghton and Wyton Howzat Cricket Club, Hunts Boccia, St Ives Rangers Football Club, Zumba Teacher Nicola Guitart, The Sports Academy, and Ramsey Ravens Archery Club who all deserve a big thank you for giving up their time.

Billie Smith, Chairman of the Huntingdonshire Disability Sports Forum, said:

“I would like to thank all the volunteers that gave up their time to support the day. The best thing about days like this is it shows people how adaptable sport can be, and allows the club coaches to meet participants and answer any questions they have if they are interested in taking up the sport.”

One participant’s parent commented:

“I just want to say thank you again to all the staff involved in today’s Sports Festival/Taster Day. We had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much for all the time and effort that went into the event.”

There are further opportunities for people with special educational needs and disabilities to get involved in sport, with a comprehensive summer holiday programme featuring a range of sports such as archery, athletics, indoor climbing, cricket, gymnastics and squash. For more information contact your local One Leisure site, or the Sport and Active Lifestyles team for a leaflet, or visit www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/disabilitysport

The Indoor Disability Sports Festival will be held on 5 October 2014 at One Leisure St Ives. If you would like to receive a leaflet please contact the Sport and Active Lifestyles team on 01480 388842 – See more here.

Note: This content was taken from the Huntongdonshire District Council website. All rights reserved.

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