Heroes make their mark at disability sports festival

Last week (early Feb. 2014) saw 65 young people and their teachers from the London schools of Brent Knoll, Redgates Primary (Croydon), The Link Primary School (Croydon), Priory and Cricket Green came together to take part in the first Hit the Top Heroes Disability Sport Festival at The National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace.

‘Hit the Top Heroes’ is an exciting new project being launched by Cricket for Change (now The Change Foundation). The project is being delivered by five young leaders and coaches (the Heroes) each with a variety of disabilities. They will work to inspire and engage parents, teachers and other young people with a disability aged 13 and under to the benefits of participating in cricket and sport.

Wendy Martin who was at the event from Priory School “Good fun, hectic and enjoyable. Coaches were really good and independent.”

It seems as the staff at The Link in Croydon agree with Wendy, “Brilliant, well organized, and just the right amount of people. The staff were really friendly”

Stuart Goshawk, CEO of The Wembley National Stadium Trust, ‘Hit The Top Heroes’ funding partners, says, “We are delighted to be supporting Hit The Top Heroes. It is a great example of showing what can be achieved through supporting the personal development of role models who can inspire so many others.”

At this first of six festivals to be run in 2014, the young people attending will have the opportunity to take part in and enjoy cricket, football, some fitness fun, boxing and Mini-squash all alongside some ‘Funfair’ activities.

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David Smith, (a previous C4C Development Coach) said of this first event in the programme, “The Heroes are about to begin their work and festival Number 1 is ready to rumble at Crystal Palace!”

As well as the sports festivals, the Hit the Top ‘Heroes’ will be running 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.

And the final word on the event goes to the staff at Cricket Green School, “Outstanding!! Really engaging for the children and Staff”.

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