Inspiring children with special needs through sport

Experience Days

Each year we hold a series of Sports Experience Days in Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead and Thetford, when up to 2,000 disabled children from special schools, throughout East Anglia are given the opportunity to take part in over thirty different sporting activities.

The emphasis is on ‘experience’ – giving the children a ‘taster’ which may encourage them to continue with a particular sport.

This year’s  Sports Experience days were held on 12th June 2017 in Chelmsford, Essex, 13th June 2017 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and 14th June 2017 in Thetford, Norfolk.

Two examples of the support we have given over the years are Noel Thatcher and Giles Long. Both have received support from the Presidents Sporting Club/Harlow Handicapped Sports Foundation and both won Gold Medals at the Paralympics in Atlanta and Sydney.

Noel Thatcher MBE, wrote recently, “I can say without exaggeration, that without the Club’s sponsorship all those years ago, many of the medals I have been fortunate to win would have been hanging around someone else’s neck. I would like to think that you can look at my two gold medals from Atlanta as a reward for all the magnificent work the Club does for the young and disabled in the community. It continues to be a privilege to be associated with your work.”

What Real People Say

Prime Minister, Theresa May MP:

“The President’s Sporting Club is making a real difference to the lives of young disabled people, by giving them the chance to take part in sports and providing all the benefits that can bring.”

From a Teacher:
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Tuesdays Christmas party. I haven’t attended one of the events in around 5 years despite me organising the groups each year and this year I took my new tutor group. They absolutely loved it and were so grateful for all they received on the day. We also had staff who have never attended either and they were blown away by the generosity as well as what a valuable life experience it was for our pupils.

From a Teacher:
“Our pupils had a brilliant time and we felt privileged to see them doing so well at the range of sporting activities on offer”
From a Teacher:
“Our students and staff had an amazing day, all the volunteers were fantastic to our students and they had an unforgettable time. We can’t thank you all enough.”
From a Teacher:
“The students came back to school with a huge sense of achievement and grinning from ear to ear”
From a Parent:
“We understand that Joe had great day and enjoyed the sports he was exposed to. We work with Joe each evening and it was pleasing to note that Joe surprised his teaching support with his abilities which may not be always accessed at school. It means a lot to us as parents that children with learning and physical needs are exposed to these events as abled body individuals would appreciate or take for granted.”

 

Here are some photogrphs taken at the Chelmsford Sports Experience Day that was attended by our President Frank Bruno, England Goalkeeper Peter Shilton and Paralympic Gold Medalist Dan Bentley. The Essex Chronicle covered the event and their report can be found here.

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