The Edinburgh Paralympic Experience Event is back and it promises to be better than ever! The annual event which will take place at Forrester / St Augustine’s High School in Edinburgh on Friday 18 March 2016 will see the young people with a physical or sensory disability descend on the capital for a day of sport delivered by some of the best coaches and clubs in the country.
An exciting feature of this year’s event is the inclusion of Wheelchair Rugby. The sport, which has been commonly referred to as ‘Murder Ball’, was one of the highlights of the London Paralympic Games in 2012. The game is fast paced, energetic, tactical and can be enjoyed by everyone. We are confident that it will capture the imagination of all who attend. Below is a link to a short video which highlights the sport.
Wheelchair Rugby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1_aUAGvWK4All
In addition, swimming will return for a second year due to the huge success of its inclusion in 2015. All attendees will be encouraged to take part, regardless of swimming ability and all levels will be catered for. We are delighted to that Edinburgh Leisure, Scottish Swimming and local coaches will support with its delivery. Swimming is one of the leading Para sports for people with a disability and there is an extensive and established pathway available within the East of Scotland.
The other sports that have confirmed for the day include badminton, judo, tennis and wheelchair basketball. These sports have been selected due to the strong club links locally, so that young people can continue to enjoy and develop within the sports for many years to come.There will also be a High Performance Para athlete’s panel, allowing for an engaging question and answer session and we will see the return of the ‘How to Identify and Include Children and Young People with a Disability in Sport’ workshop, delivered by Richard Brickley MBE. Furthermore, the event will see the inclusion of a marketplace, allowing parents, teachers and participants to browse and make links with the various organisations that promote and support disability and inclusion.
As in previous years there will be an opportunity for parents to attend on the day, talk to the experts and meet the clubs and this has proven extremely successful in raising the awareness and sharing ideas to enable continued participation. Parental feedback from previous events include…..“First time experience and it was far more than we expected. Coaches, experts, helpers were all superb. Definitely recommend this event.”
“Contact details for future participation in sports were invaluable. Range of activities was great and gives children a chance to participate in an environment in which they feel comfortable.”
“The quality of coaching and staff are excellent and all children regardless of ability were given huge encouragement, making it a very enjoyable day.”
“Angus was very much looking forward to this event, to meet up with friends and try sports he doesn’t do regularly. Great to see coaches and families discussing what was going on, sharing ideas and enthusiasm. Everyone really positive and looking for ways to improve opportunities for children.”