A Record Third Para Games?

As the organisers for the third Waverley Para Games announced a record number of schools have enquired about entering a team to next week’s Para Games, The Charterhouse Club became the latest organisation to show its support.

The Godalming health and fitness centre has hosted the games since its launch in 2014 and this year the Club will open its doors for the event on Friday 18th March. More than 100 youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), aged 11-14 years, from schools throughout Surrey will take part in sporting activities at the Club. As the games grow year-on-year it is hoped this event will attract even more young athletes from the area.

South West Surrey MP, Jeremy Hunt said: “This year’s Games looks set to be the biggest yet. Charterhouse Club is a first class venue and it makes the ideal location for the Waverley Para Games. We are delighted to be able to work with the Club again this year. The facilities are modern and varied and enable participants to take part in a range of activities in a safe environment.

“The Club is very generously making its facilities and team available to us on the day of the games as they have each and every year.  The staff at the Club make us all very welcome and many have hands-on experience working with SEND youngsters.”

Tim Ostle, Commercial Director at Charterhouse Club, commented: “We are honoured to host the Waverley Para Games for the third year running. It has become a special event on our calendar and we are looking forward to welcoming local schools, students and VIP guests back to the Club. Year-on-year the event is enjoyed by many young people with special educational needs and disabilities. They so enjoy the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and this event provides them with the chance to try new sports and to progress their talents.”

Active Surrey will be co-ordinating the event. They have considerable experience in organising activities like this, many of which form part of Surrey School Games programme, which boasts a year round calendar of inclusive sport and cultural events for all ages and abilities. All Surrey secondary schools (special and mainstream) have been invited to enter a team into the Waverley Para Games and we are expecting over 100 young people to take part. More information can be found at www.activesurrey.com/schoolgames