Britain’s inspiring Paralympians brought home a spectacular 147 medals from the Rio Games and Enfield Council is urging disabled people across the borough to be inspired by our athletes’ example and be more active.
Earlier this year the Council launched the ‘Move More’ campaign with the aim of getting people active – for just 10 minutes, three times a day, to significantly improve their health and wellbeing.
To prove disabilities are no barrier to being active, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, attended a swimming session in Arnos Pool in Arnos Grove with children from West Lea Special School in Haselbury Road, Edmonton.
The school, which caters for young people aged 4 to 19 who have a wide range of disabilities, bring the young people to the pool once a week for swimming lessons.
Cllr Fonyonga said: “The ‘Move More’ campaign is all about making small changes to your life so that you can be more active and you can do this whatever your age, level of fitness or disability. I hope people will have seen our British Paralympian heroes achieve brilliant things and be inspired to adopt a healthier lifestyle irrespective of their physical ability.
“It was fantastic seeing the children of West Lea School having such a good time in the pool and really enjoying themselves being active. Why don’t you join them? Whatever your interest or physical fitness there are loads of things you can get out there and experience, so I’d urge people to get out and about and. ‘Move More’!
“There is a huge range of sports facilities available in Enfield for disabled people, I am sure that the whole borough would love it if Enfield could produce a Paralympic champion of the future.”
Enfield Council runs numerous sport sessions which cater for disabled people. They include:
- horse riding
- wheelchair basketball
- wheelchair tennis
Enfield Council also runs a free adapted cycling scheme in Bush Hill Park. The popular project, which is funded by Enfield Council, has regular as well as specially adapted bikes, and allows those who are disabled, have learning difficulties or those whose age may make it difficult to ride a standard bicycle, the freedom to cycle safely through beautiful surroundings.
Construction has also started on the first part of Enfield Council’s £42 million Cycle Enfield Programme, which aims to transformthe borough’shigh streets and town centres, promote more active forms of travel and create safe and secure cycle lanes.
The ‘Move More’ campaign is not just about getting adults active, it is also about getting kids moving as well. For children the advice is that 60 minutes of activity on a daily basis can help maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
The ‘Move More’ campaign forms part of the Enfield 2020 sustainability programme, encouraging residents to use Enfield’s open spaces and improve their health by being active. Getting more active also has a huge number of health benefits such as weight loss and lowering the risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and dementia.
You can find out more about the range of sports courses we run by visiting our Move More Enfield sports courses pages.
For more information about Bush Hill Park’s inclusive cycling scheme email Martin Wright.