• Victoria Gallagher

Disabilities In Sports Day Launched

A disabilities in sports day has been launched as part of a wider campaign by ActiveNation to get more people with physical and learning disabilities into sports.

The Southern Daily Echo reported on the event being hosted by ActiveNation’s Special Olympics Solent Competitive Boccia Club in Eastleigh on 12 February.

Paralympian and European and World Boccia champion David Smith MBE attended to help raise awareness of the sport and the opportunities open to those with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Boccia is a ball-based sport that’s designed for and played by people with severe physical disabilities.

Communications coordinator for ActiveNation Nick Coe told the news provider that the idea behind hosting a launch day was to raise awareness for the organisation’s mission to “promote inclusive, competitive sport to those with learning difficulties”.

ActiveNation is also aiming to “nurture and produce a Boccia team that will represent our community at the next GB Special Olympic Games”, Mr Coe added.

The World Boccia Championships were hosted in Liverpool last August, with the president of the sport’s international federation David Hadfield commenting that the event helped build excitement among spectators as well as the athletes taking part.

Mr Hadfield added that the federation has ambitions to raise the bar even further when Boccia is showcased to an international audience again at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Getting involved in sports such as Boccia can be important for children with learning and physical difficulties. If you’re looking for disability support for children contact us to find out more about how we can help.

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