Sporting chance

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, is inviting disabled children to join its Feel Inspired Primary and Junior Camps next year at Stoke Mandeville Stadium so they can enjoy a family friendly day of sport and activity.

Children attending on 5 and 6 February 2020 will learn skills and meet new friends, which WheelPower says has a direct impact on improving self-confidence, positivity and developing self-reliance.

The charity points out that disabled children are much less likely to be active than their non-disabled peers and its aim is to bridge the gap between mainstream school P.E. lessons and the availability of accessible sporting activities for those who do not necessarily have these opportunities in the wider community.

There will be a wide variety of sports on offer, including archery, boccia, cricket, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

The camps have been designed to maximise enjoyment, achievement and participants will be encouraged to try new sports at their own pace.

WheelPower aims to encourage young disabled people to discover a fun and inspirational way of staying healthy and getting fit in a safe and welcoming environment, which significantly boosts mental health and social aspects, too. Both camps are free and all activities are adapted to suit different abilities.

Sports development officer Emily Weller said: ‘The camps provide the opportunity for children attending to try something new and do something different.

‘At WheelPower we are passionate about sport and helping people take part in sport and physical activity. Camps such as these provide a fantastic platform for children physically, socially and mentally to come together and enjoy themselves through sport.’

Jessica Green, one of the previous participants of the camps, said: ‘It’s given me an amazing experience. I’ve met so many inspirational people, I feel healthier and happier, and the camps have given me a more positive outlook on what I could achieve in life as a disabled person.’

For more information and to register, visit WheelPower’s website: