‘Activity for All’ at Hackney sports open day

More than 100 Hackney residents had fun trying out new sports and meeting two Paralympic athletes during a special event at Clissold Leisure Centre.

Disabled residents of all ages were encouraged to join in by Dervis Konuralp, local Paralympic swimmer and Hackney’s official Olympic and Paralympic Ambassador, and Ian Rose, Paralympic Judo medallist.

The day of activities offered a range of sports including trampolining, judo, wheelchair basketball, archery, swimming, dance and Tai Chi.

Residents could also get stuck in painting T-shirts, making headdresses and trying alternative therapies such as Reiki at the Activity for All day on Sunday 21 March.

Steve Douglas, Hackney Council Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “Activity for All days are a fantastic way for residents to enjoy trying different sports and making new friends. As Hackney is a host borough for the 2012 Games, the Council hopes we can inspire residents of all abilities to get active and take part in new activities.”

Local volunteers and young people from the Council-run Hackney 2012 Youth Ambassadors lent a hand and ensured the day was a success.

The Activity for All days are run three times a year at leisure centres across the borough and are aimed at disabled residents, their families, friends and carers. The days provide an opportunity for people to try new sports and visit one of Hackney’s many leisure centres where they can participate in a range of sports. Non-disabled residents are also welcome to attend.

The events are run in partnership between Hackney Council’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Unit, the borough’s leisure managers GLL, The Hackney Ark, The Key, Learning Trust and Sport England.