Following the success of the previous two Community Games in 2012 and 2014, originally inspired by the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, a partnership of local disability and health organisations in Herefordshire are again staging the popular event for adults with learning disabilities.
The Mayor of Hereford, Jim Kenyon, will be opening the Herefordshire Learning Disability Community Games this year, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14th September. It will be a fun, activity packed day to bring people with learning disabilities together to take part in activities such as football, Zumba, accessible bikes, Tai Chi and much more.
Rosemary Wooderson from Affinity Trust said: “The aim of our Community Games is to inspire adults with learning disabilities across Herefordshire to keep active. Previous Community Games provided the opportunity to try out new sports and activities in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Our Games have created their own lasting legacy, as we have used money raised by the events to fund further courses of popular activities.”
The previous games were well received by participants, one person said: “I liked doing boxing with Richard and Vince – it made me feel like a strong man” while another said: “The buddy bikes were brilliant. I liked going round the racecourse on one.”
This event has been organised by Affinity Trust, ECHO, Herefordshire Mencap, Aspire, Brightstripe, and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, who provide support and opportunities for adults with a learning disability across the county.
The Community Games has been made possible with funding from Sport Relief.