Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children 2016

Participant plays new age curling

New Age Curling

Approximately 130 disabled children from Merseyside schools, Lansbury Bridge, Woodchurch High, Sandfield Park, Alt Bridge and Merefield took part in The Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children at Wavertree Sports Park on Wednesday 29 June.

The event was organised by Greenbank Sports Academy thanks to funding from Panathlon Challenge, Medicash and Cash for Kids. Deloitte Liverpool also provided a team of volunteers to act as officials.

The children had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports including athletics, basketball, polybat, boccia, new age kurling, power hockey and football.

Kerri O’Reilly, Head of PE at Alt Bridge School commented:

“My pupils had an unforgettable day at the Festival of Sport.

Days like these are so valuable to our pupils it makes them believe, achieve and perform in a fully inclusive arena, giving them a massive boost for their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Most importantly events like these embraces the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.”

Ian Magill, SEN PE Coordinator at Woodchurch High School added:

“The event offered a great chance for the children to engage in competition and take part in new sports and they all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Event Organiser, Steve Sullivan said:

“It’s so important for disabled children to have the same opportunities to take part in sport as non-disabled children. The atmosphere at the event was fantastic and it’s lovely to be able to organise such a fantastic event.

We couldn’t have done it without the support of funding from Panathlon Challenge, Medicash and Cash for Kids and the help of volunteers including those from Deloitte.”