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300 youngsters take part in Ability Games

The event in Barnstaple gave people with special needs the chance to socialise and get active

Three hundred youngsters, from mainstream special educational needs departments and special schools, took part in the Devon ability games yesterday (6th February 2019). 
The event was organised by Active Devon and staged at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. 

“It’s always great to see so much healthy competitive sport,” said Lisa Alford, Active Devon's Development Coordinator. “This event provided opportunities for participants to try new and different types of physical activities which they really enjoyed.” 
The featured sporting activities included: Sitting volleyball, new age hurling, archery and table cricket. in addition, there were also a number of taster activities including: Boccia, street dancing, wheelchair basketball, laser shooting, fencing, taiko drumming and mini red tennis. 


Supporting the event was European silver medalist Adam Tobin. The gymnast, who trains in Barnstaple, presented medals to children at the end of the day. Adam is the current British U18 champion and finished 5th at the youth Olympics

“We were so pleased to have a local sporting icon attending this event.” added Lisa Alford. “Adam is such an inspiration to young people, and I know he’s really looking forward to meeting as many of the youngsters as he can throughout the day” 

Watch all the highlights in Active Devon's short video above. 

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