On 7th September 2016, SMILE Through Sport opened the eyes of local individuals to a wide range of sports at Gateshead Leisure Centre. There was a fantastic turn out at our Start to SMILE Community Sports Event, with a large number of local community groups, organisations and community members attending.
Over 70 people accessed and engaged in activities such as athletics, Boccia, tennis, volleyball and had the chance to use the adapted indoor rowing machines courtesy of Gateshead Community Rowing Club. Groups that attended the event included Special Olympics Gateshead, PRS Inclusion Service, Daybreak, Gateshead People, Headway and finally a group from CBS Wrekenton Centre. The interest and enthusiasm from the groups was phenomenal and through the project we will look to organise another event like this one next year!
As a results of the event, one group in particular Gateshead People, are now signed up to a Start to SMILE 8 week block of sport sessions. The members are very excited to be starting their session in January 2017 with one of our SMILE coaches.