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Fun for all at Sports Inclusion Day

Over 50 young people came to the Foundation’s first Sports Inclusion Day for 12 to 25 year olds, which was held at Monks Hill Sports Centre in South Croydon. A variety of sports were available for all to try, including football, run by the Foundation’s coaches, and golf, which was expertly delivered by our friends from Community Golf. Croydon’s Sports Development Team delivered a number of other sports – basketball, tennis, hockey and table tennis.

The event was run in partnership with the Croydon Local Authority’s Sports and Physical Activity Team, Learning Disability Commissioning Service and Youth SEND Service, and with Monks Hill Sports Centre. There was also assistance from BT volunteers who helped the day run smoothly.

The Foundation’s Disability Manager Michael Harrington, whose post is funded by the Premier League and Professional Footballers Association, gave this insight into the day: “This was our first festival where we looked at engaging with some of the younger people within our community who need that extra helping hand to experience the opportunities that the majority of us take for granted. It was wonderful to see so many of them come together in such a friendly and helpful way and to feel confident to try some new things whilst also getting stuck into their favourite sports.”

The Palace for Life Foundation aims to make sure that every person with a disability has an equal opportunity to play sport. This can bring a number of benefits, including: improved motor skills and physical fitness, developing self-esteem and confidence, and interacting with new friends and the wider community.

For more information on Inclusion Sports, or any other aspects of our Disability program, please contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6047 or admin@palaceforlife.org

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