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Erewash Disability Sports Day, June 2016

Erewash Disability Sports Day was held at Rutland Sports Park.

Disabled people try new activities at Sports Day

Disabled people, along with carers, teachers, parents and volunteers from across Derbyshire, took part in 19 different activities at the 2016 Erewash Disability Sports Day.

From boccia, wheelchair basketball, and kurling, to archery, rugby and cycling, young people and adults with disabilities enjoyed a day out in the sun at the Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston.

Expert coaches from the likes of Derby County FC Community Trust, Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Derbyshire Archery Club teamed up with young volunteers to support the event.

A number of participants attended from Leonard Cheshire Disability and Derby College.

Organisations including Sight Support Derbyshire, Citizens' Advice, Disability Direct, Nordic Walking and Umbrella Derby were among those to offer free support and guidance on the day.

"It was great to see so many smiling faces, from those taking part to the whole host of volunteers who came along," said Toni Jantschenko, Village Games Co-ordinator for Erewash, who organised the event.

"Everyone has given their time for free, it's a completely free event, so I'm very grateful for their input in making it happen."

Dawn Worthington, Chair of the Erewash Disability Sport Group, assisted with the cycling activity, that featured bikes adapted in different ways to cater for a number of disabilities.

She said: "It's great to see everyone being able to have a go at a different activity that they haven't had chance to do before – or maybe didn't even know about.

"The great thing is that there are lots of sports and activities out there that can be adapted to people with disabilities.

"I've been helping with the cycling and been able to tell those who've taken part where they are able to cycle in Derbyshire."

To find out more about disability sport and activity in your area, go to www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/where-to-get-active

If you can help out as a volunteer, please see www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/volunteering