Charities in Birmingham launch Festival of Inclusive Sport

The fifth annual festival is back this month celebrating inclusive sport and physical activity.

Spearheaded by Birmingham Disability Sports Forum, Sport Birmingham and Irwin Mitchell, this week-long festival encourages disabled people, along with their friends and families to become more active.

The most recent English Federation of Disability Sport Lifestyle Survey shows that 64 per cent of disabled people would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people, currently only 51 per cent are doing so.

April Barrett MBE, Chair of the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum, is championing inclusive sport. “The Birmingham Disability Sports Forum is a committed group of individuals and organisations in the city that have been busy helping build a really fantastic programme of activities for those with and without disabilities to try with their friends and family.

“As a disabled person myself, I have found that even a small amount of activity really helps my general wellbeing and it also offers a fantastic opportunity to socialise with others. I would encourage everyone to give it a try this year as you never know what amazing opportunities will come of the back of it!”

Taking place from 17th–25th June 2017, the festival is set to feature over seven ty free or low cost activities and is backed by Birmingham City Council and the English Federation of Disability Sport. Activities range from tennis, golf, trampolining, swimming to even indoor fishing, all delivered by a partnership of agencies who wish to improve and promote pathways for disabled individuals in sport.

Andrew Walker from Angling Unlimited, said “This is the second year we have been involved in the Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival as we love the positive messages and what it represents. Not many people know about the many ways to enjoy the sport of angling in Birmingham and how anyone can have a go at fishing. I really look forward to meeting participants and we hope to create a really fun and welcoming environment.”

The festival is set to launch on Saturday 17th June 2017 at the University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Centre from 12.30–3.30pm. Families are encouraged to try free taster activities such as wheelchair sports, indoor fishing, table cricket, hula hooping and much more.

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