On Friday 25th November, Playground to Podium is being held at Bath University where 60 young people with hearing, visual and physical disabilities, aged between 7 and 17 years of age will be having great fun, trying out a variety of sports and at the same time promoting what activities are available in the local area. Those who do really well will be fast tracked onto National Governing Bodies who will see if any of them can fit into the paralympian pathway to specific sports. Others will be introduced to a new sport and be signposted to a club in the area.
Bath Rugby’s Foundation Inclusion Manager, Caryl Thomas will be at the event introducing multisports to the youngsters, and she will be inviting some of them to take part in her After School Inclusion Club on a Monday afternoon from 4pm to 5 pm at Bath Sports Centre (if anyone is interested in taking part please contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Caryl also works closely with Three Ways and Fosse Way School to assist with their inclusion gym sessions and also Teenage Rampage, a youth group from Odd Down, who have weekly sessions for disabled young people aged 13 – 19.
From working with some of the children in their schools she says: ”It is nice to see their talent is recognised. It’s a great opportunity for these children to be involved in the Playground Podium with the chance to meet paralympians and it’s also a great way of getting into the pathway of sport.”
Some of the sports clubs involved in the day are: Somerset FA – football, Writhlington – tennis, Bath Swords Club – fencing, Bath University – judo and athletics. They will be split into common ability levels and rotate around the sporting stations.
For further information on Caryl’s After School Inclusion Club or Teenage Rampage please contact her on email@example.com or phone her on 07964 951819