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King’s Lynn leisure centre hosts summer sports day for disabled children

Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and Dow site manager Julian Beresford-Peirse with competitors and coaching staff at the Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport. ANL-140506-183721009

Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and Dow site manager Julian Beresford-Peirse with competitors and coaching staff at the Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport. ANL-140506-183721009

Dozens of disabled children enjoyed a day of outdoor sporting activities as they took part in Lynn’s ninth annual adapted sports day.

The session, held at Lynnsport on Thursday, gave around 100 youngsters, some aged as young as seven, the chance to take part in athletics events, cricket and racket skills sessions.

The event, sponsored by Dow Chemicals, was the first outdoor event of its kind to be staged at the venue, in addition to the indoor sessions which have been held in previous years.

It was formally opened by borough mayor Barry Ayres, who has nominated Lynn’s Kandoo Club, which offers weekly sporting activities to disabled youngsters, as one of his charities of the year, along with the Prince’s Trust.

Mr Ayres said: “The Kandoo Club and events like this are a real inspiration and demonstrate the determination and strength of our young people.

“It provides a valuable conduit for young disabled people to fully participate in sport and realise their fullest potential.”

The event is designed to be an introduction to the range of sports and activities offered at the regular clubs for disabled youngsters.

Coaches from the College of West Anglia, the Lynn Community Football programme and Top Coaching led the sessions, which were enjoyed by children from 12 of the area’s schools, including the Gaywood, Ten Mile Bank and Walpole Cross Keys primaries.

Other schools taking part included the South Wootton Junior School and the Churchill Park complex needs school.

 

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