WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, has welcomed the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson MP, to its ‘Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp.’
Held on February 6 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the minister watched 60 disabled children enjoy a “fantastic, fun and family friendly day of sport and activity.”
Rob Wilson, chair of trustees at WheelPower, said: “We are delighted that the Minister for Disabled People was our honoured guest at our Junior Sports Camp.
“He met the young people participating, had a tour of the Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement – and tried out some of the sports on offer for himself.”
Tomlinson was briefed on future plans for the stadium.
The minister commented: “With this year’s Paralympic Games fast approaching, it’s been a pleasure to meet the young people and apprentices benefiting from this inclusive and innovative programme at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement in the UK.”
Adding: “It is through programmes like this, which are inspiring the next generation of Paralympians, that young disabled people can pursue their dreams without barriers. This aspiration will be at the heart of our national strategy for disabled people and will build on vital work that is already under way.”
Children attending were aged 12 – 18 years old and learnt new skills and met new friends, which will have a direct impact by improving their self-confidence, positivity and developing self-reliance.
WheelPower detailed how the camps are designed to maximise enjoyment and achievement, with participants encouraged to try new sports at their own pace.