21 September 2015

Sixty young people with disabilities had the opportunity to take part in a variety of inclusive activities at the first Surrey Super Sports day last Friday with YMCA East Surrey.

The event was part of Reigate and Banstead’s ‘R&Be Active’ week, running from 14th to 20th September, and involved teenagers from Woodfield School in Merstham, Sunnydown School in Caterham and East Surrey College in Redhill.

Throughout the day, YMCA staff plus more than 20 young volunteers from Reigate School and Epsom and Ewell High School introduced the group to the disability sport, Boccia, as well as trampolining, kurling, cycling and gardening. There were also food education and healthy snack making sessions with sponsorship and instruction from Tesco.

The young people were thrilled to meet local Mayor, Cllr Mrs Joan Spiers, who attended the event, tried her hand at kurling and presented certificates to all who took part.

R&Be Active is the result of a collaborative approach by a group of organisations committed to making a positive impact on the lives of young people living in the borough. The aim is to encourage active lifestyles and educate young people to make informed choices in their future health and well-being.
As well as YMCA East Surrey, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council partnered with Run Reigate, Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Raven Housing Trust, Sustrans, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Active Surrey and Move Revolution.

“The Surrey Super Sports day has been a wonderful event,” said John Brunswick, Inclusive Youth Projects Manager for YMCA East Surrey. “It’s been great to see how much everyone has enjoyed challenging themselves to try something new and learn new skills. We are especially grateful to our fantastic young volunteers – this event could not have happened without their help.”