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Disability athletics festival

Pupils with disabilities enjoy athletics festivals

Pupils with disabilities developed physical and social skills at athletics festivals run by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) at the National Sports Centre this week. 

Ninety pupils from 11 primary and secondary schools enjoyed running, jumping and throwing in the final event of the year-round Disability School Sports Programme. 

Ari Brooks, Disability Sports Development Officer with MSR, said:

‘Our 10-year Strategy for Sport outlines how sport and physical activity improves the lives of those with disabilities. The Disability School Sports Programme allows pupils to try a variety of sports in a fun and inclusive environment. It encourages pupils to continue their involvement in sport through other events and schemes MSR and schools offer.’ 

Geoff Corkish MBE MLC and Lawrie Hooper MHK, Members of the Department of Education and Children, presented certificates and medals to participating pupils. Mr Corkish chairs Tynwald’s Advisory Council for Disabilities. 

The Disability School Sports Programme began in September with tri-golf and continued with football in November, badminton and boccia festivals in January and cricket in March.