A national charity supporting disabled people in sports is launching a new programme of events in Northamptonshire this month.
Sportability provides free places for people with paralysis to take part in specialised sport events as part of their aim to focus on their ability over their disability.
The organisation, which operates in 11 UK regions and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, works with local service providers to find solutions for people with conditions such as spinal cord injury, stoke and MS to fully take part in sports.
Its programmed events for disabled people in Northamptonshire this summer include:
21 May – Microlight flying at Sywell Aerodrome, Northants
30 minute flights using two-seater aircraft provided by Flylight Airsports Ltd, giving participants the opportunity to control the aircraft under an experienced instructor’s direction.
4 June – Quadbiking and clay pigeon shooting at Whilton Mill, Daventry
Together with clay pigeon shooting to put accuracy and vision to the test, participants will have the chance to try both activities in one day under the supervision of trained instructors.
7 June – Sailing at Pitsford Reservoir, Brixworth
Sportability will work with Northampton Sailability to offer a fun and rewarding day of open water freedom, with access to, a number of different vessels and all the necessary safety equipment.
12 June – Wheelchair Tennis at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City
A special event for wheelchair users at the largest tennis facility in the country with 17 indoor and five outdoor courts. Sports wheelchairs will be supplied for added mobility around the court, and participants will receive expert tuition.
Chief Executive, David Heard, said: “Using sport and other challenging pursuits, Sportability seeks to put the purpose back into lives shattered by paralysis; to get the adrenalin rush back into a lifestyle corralled by disabling conditions; to take the ‘dis’ out of disability and focus on ability.
“It is not about developing elite sports people, but inspiring the thought “If I can do this, what else can I achieve?” There is life after paralysis.”
For more information on how to get involved with Sportability, visit: www.sportability.org.uk