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Sheffield Disabilty Games are big success

Young athletes taking part in the Disability Games at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

Young athletes taking part in the Disability Games at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

More than 200 young people united for a day of sports and activities at the Disability Games in Sheffield.

The event, organised by the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, saw athletes aged 14 to 19 with varying disabilities competing in teams of eight.

It was supported by more than 150 young volunteers from schools, sixth form colleges and companies across Sheffield and further afield, who were on hand to help out the athletes at the English Institute of Sport.

Volunteers ensured activities were delivered in a safe manner and all participants were fully involved.

Neil Forrest, director of the D of E scheme in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “This year we have seen the biggest number of entries from across the whole of the region.

“The D of E has been overwhelmed by support for the event from a range of groups and organisations.

“We are grateful to everyone for their support for this important work with young people with additional needs and it has enabled us to develop the Games, making it more appealing to a greater range of young people.”

A closing ceremony included a march past of the 22 teams that competed, followed by a presentation by sports coaches and Paralympian Stephen Miller, captain of the GB Paralympics team in 2012 and a D of E Gold Award holder himself.

Neil said: “Most of the young people taking part today were D of E participants and the games offered them a chance to develop their Physical section activities and gain experience of other D of E elements, such as volunteering and team work, whilst for others this was a taster for their future D of E involvement.”

 

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