Heroes are made at Lord’s
The most famous cricket ground in the world played host to The Change Foundation’s latest ‘Hit the Top Heroes’ sports festival where large numbers of young people took part in a wide range of sporting activities.
Hit the Top Heroes is an exciting project delivered by five young leaders and coaches (the Heroes) each with a variety of disabilities. They work to inspire and engage parents, teachers and other young people with a disability aged 13 and under to the benefits of participating in sport.
The sports on offer at Lord’s for the six groups taking part included; Cricket (naturally!), Rugby, Dodgeball, Football, American Football and Handball.
Those taking part were also joined by the stars from the GB Ladies Hockey Team who helped out on the day as ‘mentors’. Sarah Haycroft of Surbiton, England and GB Hockey said on Twitter, “What a great day at Lord’s with so many young people of all abilities playing sport!”.
The day, led and co-ordinated by Daniel Mynott, Development Officer at the charity, was split into 6 rounds, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, to give everyone as many opportunities as possible to participate in all the sports.
The Hit the Top ‘Heroes’ also run creative and engaging in-school (both in special and mainstream) sessions via assemblies, parent’s evenings and clubs. The hope is to engage with over 1,000 under 13’s by using sport to improve their physical and mental well-being, whilst increasing their confidence and independence.