Olympic legacy inspires greater sport activity for disabled people in Thurrock

THE Thurrock Coalition has announced an initiative with Thurrock Council to improve the availability of accessible and inclusive sports opportunities in the borough.

Feedback from the recent Thurrock Coalition “Sport For You” conference indicated that too few accessible sporting options are available for disabled people. The opportunities that were available were not widely advertised and transport was costly getting to and from venues.

Conference participants were asked to discuss their top five sport and activity preferences. The Sports Council, together with representatives and individuals from many of the sporting associations and clubs, assisted in identifying community strengths and how best to deliver sporting options alongside the community.

Cllr Steve Liddiard, Lead Member for Sport at Thurrock Council, commented: “Following the Olympics and Paralympics Games, disabled people’s participation in sport is increasing in the UK and it’s vital that Thurrock plays its part on a local level to ensure that this trend doesn’t fizzle out – and this campaign is working to achieve exactly that.”

Ian Evans, Programme Co-ordinator at Thurrock Coalition, added – “In response to this campaign, we’re already seeing individuals and groups pledging their support through skills, time and resources. We’re excited to be at the forefront of making sports opportunities a reality for Thurrock’s disabled people in 2014.”

In support of the campaign, Thurrock Coalition’s website has launched an online activity database for easy distribution and communication of information (see www.thurrockcoalition.co.uk/sport.html)

Additionally, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions (TLS) now has a Sports Champion in post and has pledged transport support and assistance for residents. So far, there has been a good uptake of the new sports on offer (see events calendar below) and new members are welcome.

Disabled Sports Calendar for Thurrock 2014:

Mondays – Table Cricket 11am – 2pm at Stanford le Hope Cricket Club Football (to be confirmed) Monday evenings 5-6 at Basildon Sports Centre

Tuesdays – Indoor cricket coaching 10.30 – 11.30 at Palmers College (during wintertime)

Wednesdays – Soft archery 10.30 – 11.30 & new age bowls 1 – 2 both at Stanford le Hope Cricket Club (both of these sessions are full)

Thursdays – Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions (TLS) bases are organising 10 pin bowling in Basildon at 11am

Fridays – Table Tennis and new age bowls at Stanford le Hope Cricket Club .

Anyone interested in joining can contact John Harris on 07866401302 Or jharris@choiceandcontrol.co.uk Our next multi-sport event:

Frederick Andrews Court, Silverlock Road, Grays RM17 6EA will host an indoor bowls, darts, table tennis, table cricket and social afternoon on Friday 24th January 4pm to 6pm to include light refreshments. See website for details

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