|Greater Manchester Disability Games 2013
Team Wigan at last year's Greater Manchester Disability Games
YOUNGSTERS from across the region will enjoy a variety of sports competitions at the Greater Manchester Disability Games.
Organised by leisure and culture provider WLCT and held at Leigh Sports Village, more than 300 disabled athletes from Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan, Tameside, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Stockport will compete for a chance to be named the best borough in Greater Manchester.
The 11 to 16-year-olds will compete in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, goalball (a team sport for visually impaired athletes), tag rugby, football, Boccia and athletics on Friday (28 June) between 10am and 2pm.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive at WLCT said: “Grass roots events like this really do highlight the amount of talented athletes in Greater Manchester. This is the fourth year we’ve held the games and it has grown each year.
“This time we are delivering more sports than ever before with the introduction of wheelchair basketball and goalball. Wheelchair Basketball has become really popular in the last few years, especially since the 2012 Paralympics, and like all the events on Friday it’s sure to be hotly contested!”
Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “I am delighted that Wigan is host for this fantastic day of sporting fun and look forward to welcoming competitors from across the region.”
All those participating will receive a t-shirt and medal with trophies awarded to the winning borough in each discipline.
Many VIPs from across the region will be in attendance on the day to make it even more special for the young people competing.
The event is supported by GreaterSport and StreetGames.
WLCT Sports Development run a number of initiatives for disabled youngsters, including a series of multi sports camps to be run over the summer holidays.
For more information visit www.wlct.org.