Posted on 30th April 2019 at 13:31
On Friday 26th April, Harborne Charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands took a group of adults from Cerebral Palsy Midlands to Sutton Accessible Community Games at BMET College in Sutton Coldfield.
We had four in our group with cerebral palsy. As well as having cerebral palsy, we had one citizen with sight loss, one with autism and one other citizen with mild learning difficulties. One of our team was also a wheelchair user. Despite their disabilities, all our team found that they had incredible abilities! They could play basketball, football, climb and aim for a target. We all had a brilliant day and got really stuck in to all the games that were available.
We experienced Wheelchair Football with the ‘Villa Rockets FC’, Wheelchair Basketball, Gymnastics, archery, the climbing wall, Cycling with ‘Park Ride’, Rugby, Table Tennis and more.
Our CPM sports team left with having achieved a medal each with a new hat and felt really proud. It really was exhilarating, we were so pleased with how disabled friendly the games were and how friendly, helpful and supportive everyone was on the day. Here are some comments;
James; “I liked riding the bikes and I liked having a go on the climbing wall. I told my mom all about it when I got home and showed her my medal.”
Karl; “I liked it, I had a fantastic day, I enjoyed going out for the day and going on the bikes.”
Amy; “I had a really good day out; I like the archery and Rugby and would definitely go again.”
Care Assistant. “It was really good and really well thought out, all the people at the activities were so helpful and would adapt the sport in any way to ensure everyone could take part. We must go again.”
As a charity in full support of accessible sporting activities we left feeling brilliant and plan to double the amount of people we take at the next available event. We encourage more charities, centres and schools to take teams along. There was plenty for everyone to take part and a lot of consideration had been made to allow for a range of disabilities to make the sports fully inclusive and accessible.
For more information about Sutton Games please visit their website http://suttongames.co.uk/.
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