The Middlesex
‘Feel Inspired’ Junior Camp

On 7th June 2018, the MMSA be arranging and sponsoring an event at Brunel University where all children aged between 12 and 18, that are wheelchair users and live or go to school in the Province of Middlesex, will be invited to a junior sports camp.

With the assistance of the full team at “Wheelpower” (British Wheelchair Sport) coaches, and several paralympians, we will introduce the children to Wheelchair sports such as tennis, basketball, hockey and many others. Events will be held on the track and in the main sports hall. The National Paralympian clay pigeon shooting squad have also expressed a desire to attend and set up their laser training equipment for the children to try out. I hope you agree, this will be a wonderful and inspirational opportunity for the children.

WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport and provide opportunities, facilities, and expertise that enable disabled people (specifically those with a physical or locomotor impairment) to participate in sport and physical activity and lead healthy active lives.

The Middlesex Masonic Sports Association are very happy to be working in collaboration with Wheelpower and Brunel University to deliver a fun sports activity camp for young disabled children.

The Middlesex “Feel Inspired” Junior Camp is a great way for children and young people with a disability to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and all activity is adapted to suit their abilities. The Camp is also a great way to make new friends, improve health and have fun! One of Wheelpowers aims as an organisation is to support young people to find a sport or physical activity that they are passionate about and enjoy.

Where: Brunel University, London

When: 7th June 2018 (1 day only)

Who for: 12-18 year olds with a physical or mild sensory disability

Timings: 10am-3pm

The plan is to run the event with groups going around in teams to try all of the sports.

There is a wide variety to the sports on offer and these will include:

Main Sports Hall:
Tennis
Wheelchair Basketball
Zone Hockey
Boccia

Athletics Bubble:
Wheelchair Sprints
Wheelchair Slalom
Sitting Volleyball
Laser Shooting

The sports will not all be wheelchair sports. They will be sports adapted to cater for wheelchair users or those with a physical impairment.

Brunel University have just recently set up a disabled sports programme and the “Feel Inspired” Camp will fit neatly into their development programme.

The children will be contacted via their schools from existing contacts through both Wheelpower and Brunel University, however, if any one knows of a school or child who has not been contacted, please let us know.

How you can help

The MMSA have committed to pay all costs associated with running this day. Please consider making a small donation from your Lodge or Chapter. All monies will help us run this wonderful event.

You can make a donation by sending a cheque made payable to the MMSA to Chris Beavers, 4, Burnham Way, London, W13 9YD or by paying by Bacs to Acc. No. 84003368 Sort Code no: 77-91-55. Please remember to put your Lodge (L) number or Chapter (C) number as a reference.

There will be an opportunity to attend this event as a spectator, however, as all attendees will have to register and will receive a pre -printed lanyard and ID card and receive refreshments, a small fee of £5.00 per person will charged. If you wish to attend as a spectator, please register here (Link through to PGLM site).

Volunteers:

We will also require a number of volunteers to assist on the day. This will include marshalling and the provision of catering on the day. If you feel you can help, please contact Paul Sully or any of the MMSA team.

Also as part of this event, there are a number of volunteering opportunities that can be granted to Brunel University students (these relate to sports delivery and event support).
CPD opportunities:

Prior to or after the event there is the opportunity for WheelPower to deliver an Agility, Balance and Coordination course that covers the fundamentals of wheelchair sport, movement, maintenance and safety.

This course would be free for students to attend and will last approximately 3 hours and includes both practical and theory elements.