London Wheelpower Sports Festival 2024

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On Thursday 14th November, 2024, the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association (MMSA) will be arranging and sponsoring an event at the Aspire Leisure Centre in Stanmore where all children aged between 12 and 18, that are wheelchair users and live or go to school in the Province of Middlesex, will be invited to a junior sports camp. With the assistance of the full team at “Wheelpower” (British Wheelchair Sport) coaches, and several paralympians, we will introduce the children to Wheelchair sports such as tennis, basketball, hockey and many others. Events will be held on the track and in the main sports hall. This will be the third time that Middlesex Freemasons, via the MMSA have supported this event. I hope you agree, this will be a wonderful and inspirational opportunity for the children.

WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport and provide opportunities, facilities, and expertise that enable disabled people (specifically those with a physical or locomotor impairment) to participate in sport and physical activity and lead healthy active lives.

The Middlesex Masonic Sports Association are very happy to be working in collaboration with Wheelpower to deliver a fun sports activity camp for young disabled children.

This event is a great way for children and young people with a disability to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and all activity is adapted to suit their abilities. The Camp is also a great way to make new friends, improve health and have fun! One of Wheelpowers aims as an organisation is to support young people to find a sport or physical activity that they are passionate about and enjoy.

Where: Aspire Leisure Centre, Stanmore

When: Thursday 14th November 2024 (1 day only)

Who for: 12-18 year olds with a physical or mild sensory disability

Timings: to be advised.

The plan is to run the event with groups going around in teams to try all of the sports.

There is a wide variety to the sports on offer and these will include:

  • Tennis
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Zone Hockey
  • Boccia
  • Wheelchair Sprints
  • Wheelchair Slalom
  • Sitting Volleyball

The sports will not all be wheelchair sports. They will be sports adapted to cater for wheelchair users or those with a physical impairment.

The children will be contacted via their schools from existing contacts through both Wheelpower and the Local Authorities, however, if anyone knows of a school or child who has not been contacted, please get in touch with the event organiser, Paul Sully (contact details below).

How you can help

The MMSA have committed to pay all costs associated with running this day. Please consider making a small donation from your Lodge or Chapter. All monies will help us run this wonderful event.

If you make a donation of £100 or more as a Lodge or £50 or more as a Chapter, you will be sent a supporter logo which can be added to the front page of your summons.

You can make a donation by transferring money direct to our relief chest No E1003 or by sending a cheque made payable to the MMSA to Chris Beavers, 4, Burnham Way, London, W13 9YD or by paying by Bacs to Acc. No. 84003368 Sort Code no: 77-91-55. Please remember to put your Lodge (L) number or Chapter (C) number as a reference.

There will be an opportunity to attend this event as a spectator, however, as all attendees will have to register and will receive a pre -printed lanyard and ID card and receive refreshments, a small fee of £5.00 per person will be charged. If you wish to attend as a spectator, please register here 

Volunteers:

We will also require a number of volunteers to assist on the day. This will include marshalling and the provision of catering on the day. If you feel you can help, please contact Paul Sully or any of the MMSA team.

Contact details : paul.sully@pglm.org.uk

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