Gloucestershire Residents Enjoy ‘Special Olympics’ Taster Day


People of all ages enjoyed a Special Olympics Taster Day yesterday at Leisure At Cheltenham.

The taster day, organised jointly between Active Gloucestershire and the Special Olympics Gloucestershire Committee, was set up to give people of all ages with learning difficulties the opportunity to try different sports and activities.  And for sports and activity providers to attract a wider audience into their groups.  There are an estimated 15,000 intellectually disabled people in Gloucestershire, of which 3,500 are children.  Those with a disability are less active (55% being inactive compared to 22% of people without a disability).

Eleven Activities were available on the day for attendees to try, including bowls, rugby, football, boccia, gymnastics, archery, cricket, tennis and cycling.  Many of these were adapted to make it easier for participants to take part.

Anna Eaton from Cotswolds Crusaders Boccia Club, an activity where the majority of players have a disability said, “Boccia is an amazingly inclusive support for people with all sorts of impairments. There are now many assisting equipments that help people enjoy the game and we have a number of people introduced to the sport today through this event”.

The Crusaders Boccia Club meet every Friday evening at Leisure at Cheltenham.


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