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Foundation hold Inclusive Sports Day alongside University volunteers

Bristol Bears Community Foundation delivered an inclusive sports day to more than 45 participants last weekend, as student volunteers from the University of Bristol teamed up with young people with additional needs from across the wider Bristol area.

In partnership with the University’s Pitstop programme, the day consisted of wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball tasters for all, as well as team and tag activities, boccia and other modified target games, and as a healthy dose of the Foundation’s trendsetting #BrizzleyBeatz seated dance routines.

“When we found out about the Pitstop project, it was a no-brainer to get involved and support this incredible group of committed volunteers,” said Spectrum Programme manager, Kris Tavender.

“The aims of the sessions are so akin to the values of Spectrum’s inclusive work at the Foundation, and through our Children In Need funded engagement programme could freely support the great work the University is undertaking here.

“On the day we met several familiar faces from across Bristol SEND schools, shared our resources through true partnership work and above all had an absolute ball in the process!”

Established in 2003 by University of Bristol students, Pitstop is a volunteering project which organises day trips for young people with disabilities throughout the academic year, providing a fun day out for members whilst allowing parents invaluable respite.

Through fundraising and sponsorship, the volunteer group is able to provide free transport and food alongside the trips for around 20 young people each time. The main Pitstop aim is that all participants have a great day out with the opportunity to make new friends and enhance their independence.

"We were so lucky to organise a PITSTOP trip with the Bristol Bears Community Foundation,” said Pitstop President, Bethan Howe.

“The team planned the most amazing day for us, jam-packed with sports and dance activities which both volunteers and teenagers really enjoyed. They were great at encouraging everyone to get involved, ensuring everyone was having fun and making the most of the space we had.

“It was inspiring to watch how the Bristol Bears team interacted with the teenagers, and the Pitstop team and volunteers have definitely gained skills from working alongside them. Overall it was a perfectly panned day, and Pitstop will definitely be working with Bristol Bears Community Foundation again in the future!”

If you are interested in finding out more about or joining the Pitstop community email ubupitstop@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.