Record turnout for King’s Lynn adapted sports day

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155226009
Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155226009
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A record number of youngsters participated in a special sporting event held for disabled children at a Lynn leisure centre.

Children aged as young as eight took part in the indoor adapted sports day, which was held at Lynnsport last Thursday.

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155136009

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155136009

A total of 136 children from 12 schools across West Norfolk took part in the session, which included a wide range of sporting activities to have a go at.

Participants, who all received a certificate for taking part in the event, included the Churchill Park complex needs school, as well as pupils from the schools in South Wootton and Dersingham.

And Nina McKenna, head of programming and marketing at Alive Leisure, the trust which now runs Lynnsport, said: “The children really enjoyed the day.

“It provides an opportunity to do activities they cannot do at school.”

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155114009

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155114009

The sports day was the 10th event of its kind to be staged at the centre.

The events are designed to offer a fun introduction to a variety of sports, including cricket, curling and racquet sports.

The programme also included goalball, a game for blind athletes in which players attempt to throw or roll a ball with bells embedded in it into the opposing team’s net.

The programme is designed to complement the range of sporting activities which are already on offer to disabled youngsters through the Kandoo Club, the Mini Kandoo Club and the Ability Counts programme.

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155215009

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155215009

The sessions were led by staff from Top Coaching, the King’s Lynn Community Football programme and the College of West Anglia.

Most of the adapted sports days have taken place indoors, though an outdoor event was held at Lynnsport for the first time last summer.

And a similar event has already been scheduled to take place at Lynnsport on Thursday, June 4.

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155247009

Youngsters' Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150226-155247009