Fully Inclusive National Sports Day

DSC 0366 400x265There were celebrations and competitiveness on show in equal measure when people gathered in venues across the country to take part in Danshell’s first ever National Sports Day.

People who use Danshell’s services and staff from across the UK showed their sporting sides in a range of events in Scotland, the North-East, the Midlands and the South-East.

 

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A wholly-inclusive day, the simultaneous sports days saw fierce competition in sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump, football, boccia and discus as well as the less “traditional” events of bean bag on the head racing and Howler throwing (instead of the javelin). Tug of war between services brought out everyone’s competitive nature, as well as a welly throwing competition where the South-East and Scotland went up against each other. Ray in the South-East was just pipped to the post with an excellent throw of just over 21 metres from Robert in Scotland.

Everyone was encouraged and supported to take part and some great sporting prowess was on show. The day was filled with fun and laughter and people are already looking forward to next year’s event.

There were certificates for all participants and trophies for winners. Most enjoyed was the ice-cream van at the Midlands event, which helped the hard-working competitors cool down – a long queue soon formed!

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Danshell Chief Executive Mel Ramsey said: “I am pleased to be able to say that we had sports events going on at the same time in four parts of the country and that the people we support in all of our services could get involved.

“Everyone has had their say on how they wanted this day to go and what events they wanted to take part in. The day was one where we could all come together, cheer each other on and enjoy being part of the Danshell team. We enjoyed so many different events and celebrated great achievements.

“Last year there were a few sports days held around the country, which were absolutely fantastic and real examples of being fully inclusive. This year we went bigger and better, with four regional events all on the same day and over 100 service users involved. Everyone’s passion and real sense of fun was on display, whether they were competing or cheering on friends.”

Everyone was encouraged and supported to take part and some great sporting prowess was on show. The day was filled with fun and laughter and people are already looking forward to next year’s event.

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