On Sunday 11th December 2011 Maccabi GB, in partnership with UJIA, held the first Enable Event, a programme aimed at engaging people with disabilities in sporting activities.
The event took place at JCoSS using the wonderful facilities on offer. The morning session was open to participants under the age of 18 years old and the afternoon session was open to the adults’ age group. Both sessions were delivered by the Maccabi GB coaching team who deliver sports programmes and initiatives to over 1,100 young people each week.
The morning session for the younger age group saw 50 participants and their carers take part in a range of different sporting activities. All the youngsters enjoyed their morning of sports and for many, it provided a chance to try new skills and play sports they had not ever played before. The afternoon session followed a similar theme with 20 participants attending and playing Paralympics Sports such as Boccia, goal ball and blind football.
Daniel Collins, Maccabi GB’s Vice Chairman and Head of Sports, reflected on an amazing day; “It has been a pleasure to spend the afternoon in the company of some truly wonderful and inspiring people. To see the smiles on everyone’s faces and the enjoyment they received from being coached by our excellent coaching team is not only humbling, but truly inspiring as well. It makes me very proud to be a part of Maccabi GB.”
Matt Travers, Maccabi GB’s Sports Department Manager, added; “At Maccabi GB we always aim to provide sporting opportunities to the entire Jewish Community. To be able to engage over 70 disabled participants in one day, allowing them to play sports both as individuals and in teams and see the enjoyment and enthusiasm they have for sports is truly wonderful to see. This is just the start of the Enable Project and next year, in the year of the Olympics, we will be delivering more activities and opportunities for the entire community to engage in sports”.
Maccabi GB will be running a second ‘Enable Day’ in June 2012 and if you would like to take part please contact Maccabi GB. For more information on the Maccabi GB Enable Project, funded through the Mayor’s Office, please visit our website www.maccabigb.org or call 0208 457 2333