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Community Foundation holds inaugural Inclusive Sports Taster Day

Bristol Bears Community Foundation enjoyed its first taster day for a range of inclusive sports at UWE Centre for Sport, as part of their Children in Need funded Wheelchair Sport programme.

Delivering this series of engagement activities over the February school holiday, the day included opportunities to try out wheelchair basketball, wheelchair multisport, Boccia, New Age Kurling and a range of sensory ball and movement games – all wrapped up with a dose of the increasingly popular #BrizzleyBeatz seated dancing.

Spectrum programme manager Kris Tavender said: “It was incredible to spend the day with such a diverse and enthusiastic bunch of young people and their families, really demonstrating any disability for oneself or a sibling, whether physical, sensory or a cognitive impairment, simply is not enough to stop us all having fun.

“We had over 35 young people engage across the day, and hundreds of smiles and moments of laughter shared between us - and that really is the reason why we do it all in the first place.”

Supported by local disability charity Motivation, who were celebrating their #MotivationAllStars campaign, as well as friends and volunteers from local law firm Irwin Mitchell with their own brand of Boccia fun, the day offered something for everyone, and a real taste of what to expect at the Foundation’s weekly Inclusive Sports Club (Sundays, 11am-1pm, UWE Centre for Sport),

Tavender continued: “Our first taster day really demonstrated the appetite from a wider disability audience for meaningful and appropriate opportunities for sport and physical activity, and with the success of this first one – we are pleased to announce our second Inclusive Sports Taster Day on Saturday, April 11th, again at the uniquely accessible UWE Centre For Sport.”

To find out more about the Inclusive Sports Taster Day or our weekly Inclusive Sports Club, contact Kris Tavender.