Cirencester College hosts Special Olympics taster day

Cirencester College recently hosted a programme of events in collaboration with organisations Special Olympics Gloucestershire and Active Gloucestershire – the organisation behind we can move.

Special Olympics Gloucestershire is a programme that offers both sport and physical activity opportunities for people with learning disabilities, while Active Gloucestershire is the organisation behind we can move; a social movement to get everyone in Gloucestershire active by working together on opportunities to get us all moving more. Both organisations came together for the taster day with the aim of providing choice for disabled people and celebrating inclusion.

Over 100 people attended the taster day, including 76 people with learning disabilities. Participants travelled from all over Gloucestershire for the event, and took part in a whole range of activities suited to people with different needs. Target sport, Boccia and table cricket were amongst the activities available to the participants, and provided those with high support needs with a chance to be included in a number of competitive sports and activities that they wouldn’t usually be supported in.

One of the aims of the event was to make disabled people aware of just how many inclusive activities are available in Gloucestershire to suit different disabilities. By raising the awareness of these opportunities, We can move hopes to show that more people with disabilities can be included in sport across the county.

Chris Davis of Special Olympics Gloucestershire said: “On behalf of the Special Olympics Gloucestershire Committee and athletes, I would like to thank all the hard working volunteers who made the event possible. The event was supported by Cirencester College, Hartpury College & University, and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.”

Cirencester College is proud to have been able to host the event for the group, and is pleased that the event was such a success for all involved.