With funding from both the National Lottery and Sport England , sports organisations have come together for the first time to offer a series of events called Let’s Play. The partnership brings together Boccia England, British Wheelchair Basketball,GB Wheelchair Rugby, Goalball UK, Wheelchair Football Association and the Tennis Foundation. These multi-sport organisations will be offering free activities to allow disabled people to try out a range of sports and to help build connections with local clubs.
The programme Let’s Play was spearheaded by the British Wheelchair Basketball in partnership with the above listed organisations, who together provide a wealth of expertise in this area. The focus of the programme is to give disabled people the chance to try new activities and to make new friends. It is part of a larger programme to rectify the disparity between the number of disabled and non-disabled people participating in sport.
The first of the Let’s Play event programme will be lead by Lucozade Powerleague Trafford in Manchester. 12 more one-day multi-sport events will follow, taking place across the country.
People attending the Manchester event http://www.letsplay-it.co.uk/will get the chance to hear from some of the nation’s leading sports stars, including Flixton’s Jordanna Bartlett who assisted the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team to a silver medal at the Oaska Cup in Japan earlier in the year.
In addition to the presence of elite athletes and local clubs, Choice Unlimited will be at many of the regional Let’s Play events with their unique roadshow, offering invaluable advice and support on independent living which is aimed at carers, older people and disabled people.
Charlie Bethel the Chief Executive Officer of British Wheelchair Basketball and Sport England Chair Nick Bitel rounded up this fantastic partnership of events by saying:
Charlie Bethel: ‘This programme will empower local communities and groups that have never previously been engaged through the sporting landscape. It will provide more pople from hard to reach communities the opportunity to take part and play sport in an enjoyable environment. It meets more than just a sporting agenda; at its core it promotes partnership across sports’.
Nick Bitel : ‘We are constantly striving to get more disabled people involved in sport, making it a practical lifestyle choice. Let’s Play programme will provide disabled people with the opportunity to take part in a range of sports and find the ones that interest them most, hopefully leading them to play sport regularly’.