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Sports Day fun for residents at Learning Disability Week

Enthusiastic residents with learning disabilities took part in a range of activities to show their skills in a fun filled day at Waltham Forest Pool and track in Walthamstow as part of Learning Disability Week Sports Day.

The event, on 26 June, had over 200 service users and 50 support staff present, participating in a range of exciting free sports activities, which were geared especially for people with learning disabilities.

Outdoor events included a sponsored run, athletics and a football and cricket competition wheel chair basketball and sitting volleyball. Events indoors ranged from a multi-gym, swimming, and other disability sports, such as skittles, kurling and soft play. There were also Zumba and Tai Chi classes. Free health checks were also offered to everyone present.

Cllr Angie Bean, lead Member for Adult Services, said: “These are always lively events and they can really help everyone keep fit, enjoy the different activities, try their hand at something new and meet new people.”

Nasima Jalil, a resident from Waltham Forest said: “I played volleyball in my wheelchair and I got a certificate for my efforts, which is great.”

Giuseppe Ricorda, another resident, said: “We came second in the cricket and received a medal, it was a day to remember.”

This year, Learning Disability Week was celebrated between 16 - 26 June. The week is an annual awareness event run by Mencap and it looks at addressing issues that are key to people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Local activities to promote the campaign in Waltham Forest included a festival in the park at Eaton Manor Rugby Club on the 20 June and a ‘Light and Dark’ art competition, where 22 lucky residents with learning disabilities were chosen to exhibit their art at the renowned Tate Modern Gallery at the South Bank.

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