Sutton's first Paralympics Festival

June 27, 2011 12:14 PM

Earlier this month, local MP Tom Brake went along to Sutton Arena to help launch the first Sutton Paralympics Festival. The event featured a range of sporting activities for people of all abilities including athletics, cycling and basketball.

Tom said: "It was great to see such an excellent turnout of both participants and volunteers today. This is the first event of its kind and, with the London Paralympics just over a year away, I'm pleased to see that it has been such a success."

The festival was hosted by Orchard Hill, a national specialist college for young people and adults with severe and complex learning disabilities, and was organised in conjunction with a number of organisations in the Sutton area including Mencap, Carshalton College and Sutton Inclusion Centre.

The event was run entirely on sponsorships and donations, and set out to help build partnerships within the community for people with severe learning disabilities.

Dr Caroline Allen, Principal of Orchard Hill, said: "The day was a great success and a testimony to the partnership work in Sutton to organise a wide range of sporting activities and workshops for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The high numbers of participation at the event gives a great example of inclusion for sport."

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