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Playground to Podium

Over thirty young people with disabilities got the chance to take part in sports sessions delivered by top national coaches at the 3rd annual Bedfordshire County Athlete Assessment Day (CAAD) held at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Friday 10th June.

 

The event is run by Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development team as part of a national “Playground to Podium” initiative that offers a series of targeted interventions aimed at helping young people with disabilities, with varying impairments and support needs, to progress from P.E and community sport to high-level performance and competition.

 

Each young person got the opportunity to take part in the sport specific sessions delivered by the top National coaches, and over 30 young people from across Bedfordshire got the chance to be assessed in four sports (including: Wheelchair basketball, football, table tennis and athletics).

 

The event enables top coaches to assess whether young individuals, who have been put forward by their schools, have the potential to progress further within that sport and along the appropriate Paralympics or impairment pathway.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for leisure & culture, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “All the young people receive lots of information on how to carry on with sport and some of them are identified as having real potential to become top performers in the future. Some of those who took part in 2010 are now playing sport at a very high level!”

 

Cllr McMurdo continued: “This event helps raise the profile of Paralympic sports and highlights some of the opportunities that exist within the community for participation in physical activity. We want everyone to be able to take part in sport and to develop their potential as far as they want and this is one of the many initiatives we are involved with throughout the year that works towards that goal.”

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