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Bexley Mencap Sports Activities Event At Crook Log Leisure Centre

posted 3 Jul 2019, 09:01 by Steve Grimsey

To celebrate Learning Disability Awareness week, Bexley Mencap hosted an action packed Sports Activities event at Crook Log Leisure Centre on Wednesday 19 June. There was a wide range of sporting activities for participants to try, both indoors and outdoors, including Nordic Walking, Cycling, Cricket, Boccia, Keep Fit, Walking Football and Spin (Virtual Bikes).

The theme of this year's Learning Disability Week was sport and inclusion and this event was to give members an opportunity to take part in different sports activities that they could then continue in the community; breaking down barriers to fitness and highlighting that sport has the potential to bring communities together.  

The Mayoress of Bexley gave the opening address and the event also received a video message of support from Andy Barrow, former triple Paralympian and GB Wheelchair rugby team captain.  Members of other local organisations such as All Directions, Re-instate Ltd and Spotlight choir also attended, bringing over 60 people together to get involved.  Participants took part in up to 3 ‘taster’ activities and there was a healthy buzz of activity as members gained in confidence and enthusiastically participated. One member summed up the feedback when she said ‘It was great fun. I got to take part in something new that I don’t usually get the chance to do.’

All the activities were run by local coaches and specially adapted to ensure Learning Disability members could fully take part. Members of Bexley Mencap and other groups assisted and the event was open to all. Several people remarked that it was great to see people with and without Learning Disabilities taking part equally, enjoying themselves and encouraging each other at the same time. 

The event wouldn't have been such a success without a range of partners and supporters including Bexley Dodgers, Foxlee Fitness, Good Gym, Parkwood Leisure, and all of the instructors who gave their time to make the event such an enjoyable one.