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Community sports event organized for people with learning, physical and sensory disabilities

A free public event aimed at making sporting activities more accessible to all took place in Birmingham.

The initiative took place at Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) at Lichfield Road in Sutton Coldfield and ran 25 exciting activities for adults and children with learning, physical and sensory disabilities.

Hosted by Community Games, the April 22 Sports Fair was Inspire Activity’s first of the year, kicking off a series of 11 equally engaging inclusive celebrations that will take place across the region throughout the year.

MP Andrew Mitchell and Advisor to the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Terry Wood, participated in the launch of the Accessible Community Games

These include indoor and outdoor family fun days in Shard End, Moseley, Tamworth, Small Heath, Victoria Common and Lichfield by late autumn, with more games accessible which will also be held in Walsall in October.

This year also marks the return of the Aston Community Games, which launched outside Aston Hall last year, and the first Canal and River Trust Community Games, one of many new additions for 2022, which will coincide with the Games Commonwealth of Birmingham 2022.

In Sutton Coldfield, Accessible Games was launched by the event’s co-founders alongside Constituency MP Andrew Mitchell (Con) and Cllr Terry Wood, the Mayor of the Royal Town.

Community Games mascot Buddy with a Community Games visitor

Among the physical activities on offer inside the BMet college gym and parking lot were bowling, sailing, boxing, and wheelchair basketball; as well as football, petanque, cycling, dancing, martial arts, rock climbing, table tennis and inclusive snow sports. The Aston Villa Football Club Community Outreach Team was also on hand for a fun interactive football sport.

Community Games mascot Buddy was also on hand to participate, pose for photos and bring smiles to visitors and attendees.

Organizers described the day as “inspiring”, saying: “It’s been a long time since our last and it was worth the wait!” Truly wonderful day.

Dennis Kennedy (right) is the founder of Inspire Activity Community Games
The Accessible Games took place at Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham

“Visitors were able to try so many different activities yesterday. Connections were made that will go beyond the day itself – inspiring health and happiness through physical activity.

“From bowling to sailing, boxing, wheelchair basketball and more! At Community Games, activity providers bring variety, passion and excitement to inspire and help people try something new. »

Speaking at the final Games event in Aston, Dennis Kennedy, founder of Community Games in Sutton and now in the West Midlands, said:

“Community games involve bringing local people into local organizations, most often clubs and sports organizations.

2022 Community Games planned for Birmingham and the West Midlands

“The Games we are having in Aston in August are slightly wider in scope, so local sports clubs and local interest groups, people from the local church, the local garden association as well; so we should have quite a varied and interesting mix of groups and organizations that people can come and connect with that are all from their local community.

The Community Games are supported by Birmingham City Council, United By Birmingham 2022 and local partners across the city and region.


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