Hart Leisure Centre hosted another successful ‘Active for All’ event with Paralympic Champion, Sascha Kindred CBE.
The leisure centre, run in partnership with Hart District Council, saw nearly 20 local families with disabled children and children with additional needs in attendance.
The special event showcased the range of inclusive activities available at the centre including multisports, gymnastics and swimming. One of the most successful Paralympians in swimming, Sascha ran a dedicated pool session where he will helped build the confidence of the children taking part.
The event was also attended by Councillor John Kennett (Hart District Council vice chairman), Liz Glenn (Health and Wellbeing Project Officer at Hart District Council), Autism Friendly Fleet and Homestart Hampshire.
Luke Charlton, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “The Active for All afternoon was a huge success and it was truly inspiring to see young children with various disabilities getting involved in the activities and enjoying themselves. Sascha was fantastic and really helped to encourage the children to have fun in the water.
“Everyone Active is passionate about engaging people of all ages and background in sports, so it was great to see families trying out our range of inclusive activities.”
Councillor Kennett said: “We know how important it is for children to take part in physical activity and it has been wonderful to see how much the youngsters enjoyed themselves. Sascha is a great role model and his enthusiasm and dedication really made the afternoon for the children.”
One of the parents at the event, Caroline Woolner, added: “"We had a wonderful time at the Hart disability day on Saturday - my girls love swimming so were delighted to spend most of the afternoon in the pool!
“It was great to get a chance to meet Sascha Kindred again this year, and my girls enjoyed showing off how much progress they had made since they first met him last year. Thank you to everyone involved."