Liverpool and Everton club together to offer young wheelchair users the skills to move around Merseyside
Long-time rivals Liverpool and Everton are clubbing together this month – supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery – to help young wheelchair users in the North West get active, and get the most of their mobility equipment.
Three wheelchair skills training days, organised by Whizz-Kidz in partnership with the Liverpool Football Club Foundation and Everton in the Community, will introduce groups of young wheelchair users to a number of wheelchair sports, offering many of those in attendance their first taste of these activities.
The young people attending these services will get to try wheelchair basketball, dodgeball, tag, and boccia – giving them the opportunity not only to try their hand at a new skill, but also to make friends, keep fit and have fun.
Whizz-Kidz’s offers essential mobility equipment and life skills services to disabled children and young people across the UK, and they are able to do this thanks to the generosity of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who, to date, have enabled Whizz-Kidz to fund more than half a million pounds of work helping disabled young people realise – and achieve – their true potential.
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“Our wheelchair skills training sessions are vital in helping young disabled people make the most of their equipment; we know that those who attend them feel more confident, more capable, and have had fun and made friends too.
“We’re incredibly grateful to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, who make so much of our important work across the UK possible. They really do make a huge difference to the lives of disabled children and young people.”
George Fielding is the Chair of the Kidz Board, Whizz-Kidz’s board of young Trustees. He said:
“With the Paralympic Games in Rio on the horizon, you couldn’t help but wonder if the next Hannah Cockroft or David Weir might be discovered at one of these fantastic events.
Whizz-Kidz is so grateful to the Liverpool Football Club Foundation and Evertoon in the Community, not only for putting their long rivalry aside, but also for supporting our vital work in the North West.”