Roary the Lion is mane attraction at Whizz-Kidz skills event

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A wheelchair skills training day, designed to help disabled youngsters in the Teesside area make the most of their equipment, welcomed Middlesbrough FC Mascot Roary the Lion to oversee proceedings this week.

Wheelchair Skills and Sports Day, organised by Whizz-Kidz in partnership with Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, gave young wheelchair users in attendance the opportunity to hone their skills and get the very most out of their equipment.

Held at Eston Leisure Centre, the youngsters also had the opportunity to try their hands at a variety of wheelchair sports – including wheelchair football and wheelchair rugby.

Wheelchair skills training days are one of the many services Whizz-Kidz offer to young wheelchair users to help them get the most of out of their childhood and achieve their true potential into adulthood. The charity’s services are made possible by the generosity of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Graham Thomas is Whizz-Kidz Regional Services Coordinator in the North East. He said:

“This event was such a success thanks to the enormous support of MFC Foundation, and we’re really pleased that Roary himself was able to make an appearance.

“Our services are all made possible thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, and we’re really grateful for their support not only in Middlesbrough, but across the UK.”

Claire Streeter, is Social Inclusion Co-ordinator at MFC Foundation, and helped Whizz-Kidz organise the event. She said:

“MFC Foundation was delighted to support Whizz-Kidz in organising this event; social inclusion and participation in sports are at the heart of our objectives as an organisation, so to be able to achieve both in a single event was absolutely brilliant.

“We hope the day was rewarding for the young people who attended – and look forward to working alongside Whizz-Kidz in organising these events in the future.”


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