Many UK residents are unaware of the sheer number of sports events that are available for the disabled. Such events are designed to encourage disabled persons to live an active and healthy lifestyle. The English Federation of Disability Sports provides a comprehensive listing of various sports events taking place across the UK each month. Depending upon where you’re located, some travel may be required.
On the EFDS website, you can search for national, regional, and local events by location, age, type of sports activity, or disability. Here are just a few examples of the different types of sporting events taking place over the next 12 months:
- BMC Para Climbing Series Newcastle – Taking place on April 15th, 2014, this free series of events was created to provide disabled people with the opportunity to engage in rock climbing within a competitive environment. Plenty of experienced professionals will be on hand to offer assistance to those who require it. Competitors are divided into categories according to their type of disability and then provided with three boulder problems and three roped climbs. Each person is scored based upon the height gained.
- Wheelchair Tennis Camp at Gosling Sports Park – Happening at Gosling Sports Park in Hertfordshire, this event begins on May 10th, 2014. Throughout the year, the Tennis Foundation will be running a series of tennis camps for those confined to wheelchairs. Designed for competitors of all ages, licensed coaches will introduce each player to the basics of the game and can provide information on where the disabled can play within their own community. For players who are already somewhat experienced, the focus of their coaching sessions will be on improving match play and tactical advice.
- Disabled Golf Association in South Wales – Occurring in Caerphilly, South Wales, this June 16th event is capable of accommodating each player’s unique requirements. Whether you prefer to play 9 holes or a full game of 18, professional players will be on hand to teach participants the finer points of the game. People of all ages and disabilities are encouraged to attend.
- Cycle Together Sandringham – Taking place on July 13th in King’s Lynn Norfolk, the Norfolk Cycle Ride is perfect for individuals and families of all ages and physical abilities. With distance races of 10, 20, 50, and 100 miles to select from, each cycle route passes through a plethora of beautiful and interesting historical sites. The participants who are a part of this race each year range in age from 2 years old to 82 years old.
- Game On London Taster Session Barnet, Brent, and Camden – This August 9th event in London is open to participants ranging in ages from 14-30. Partially sighted and blind participants will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports within a safe environment, including cricket and football.
These are just a small sample of the events that will be taking place this year, but there are many more to choose from. Make sure to check out the EFDS website for more information.