Hundreds gather to celebrate disability sport at 9th annual Adult Disability Festival

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2019 10:20

Hundreds gather to celebrate disability sport at 9th annual Adult Disability Festival

Over 280 disabled people, their carers and families came out to try new activities at Norfolk's largest adult disability multi-sport festival this Friday 17th May at Sportspark, Norwich.

This is the 9th year of the popular festival, which sees hundreds of visitors every year enjoying a variety of sports.

The festival aims to provide a fun and safe sporting festival for adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. Qualified coaches from a variety of local clubs and organisations are on hand to help participants with the skills they need to play the different sports.

The Festival also helps local clubs and organisations reach out to disabled people and their carers, to share information about the social and active opportunities available across the county.

Representative organisations on the day included The Garage, Able2B, Independence Matters, Community Sports Foundation, BUILD, Norfolk Cricket, and many more.

Attendees enjoyed activities like Boccia, Tennis, Table Tennis, Dance, Athletics, Football, Cricket, Boxing, and Adapted Bikes.

Julie Jardine, Service Manager at Sprowston Community Hub who attended with Festival with three of the Hub's service users, said they'd come to enjoy the range of activities and also to get ideas of activities that she could implement in their Community Hub.

She said: "We've had lots of fun, we've enjoyed the bikes, table tennis, and the dancing with scarves, it's all been fantastic. At the moment we do seated exercise, and we're interested in what we could do as the next step up, so have come here today to find ideas and make some contacts to help expand our offer."

The adapted bikes are a fleet of specially designed bikes that meet the varied needs of disabled adults to enable them to enjoy the freedom of cycling. The bikes are available through the Inclusive Cycling Hub Club, which runs the 1st Wednesday of every month at UEA Sportspark.

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Tags: Adult Disability, Disability Festival, adaptive sports, exercise for people with disabilities