Hamara’s Inclusive Sports Day celebrates unity and sportsmanship

The vibrant community of Beeston witnessed a heart warming and exhilarating event as the Hamara inaugural Inclusive Sports Day, the first of its kind which took place under clear skies and brilliant sunshine.

Organised by Aliya, the Disability and Inclusivity Sports Activator, the event aimed to foster inclusivity and promote sports among people of all abilities. With the support of Being You Leeds and Karen Peck from Active Leeds, the day turned out to be a resounding success, brimming with enthusiasm, camaraderie, and a sense of community.

Cross Flatts Park provided the perfect backdrop for the event. Attendees were treated to refreshing ice lollies and free fresh lemonade, adding to the festive atmosphere and ensuring everyone stayed cool and hydrated.

One of the highlights of the day was the diverse array of activities that catered to all interests and abilities. Andy from British Cycling was a notable presence, bringing with him a selection of bicycles to introduce participants to the joys of cycling. His expertise and infectious enthusiasm made the cycling sessions both fun and educational, inspiring many to consider taking up the sport.

In another corner of the park, a tennis coach led spirited sessions, engaging participants in thrilling rallies and imparting valuable tips to improve their game. The inclusive nature of the coaching ensured that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, could participate and enjoy the sport.

The Leeds United Foundation, renowned for its community outreach programs, hosted football sessions that were met with great enthusiasm by participants of all ages. The friendly matches and drills not only showcased the universal appeal of football but also highlighted the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Aliya expressed her delight at the turnout and the positive energy that permeated the day.

“Our goal was to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and can enjoy the benefits of sports,” she said. “Seeing so many smiles and witnessing the genuine connections being made is incredibly rewarding. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to organising more such events in the future.”

The collaboration with Being You Leeds was instrumental in the day’s success. Their support and shared vision of inclusivity and community engagement helped bring together a diverse group of participants, reflecting the rich tapestry of Leeds’ population.

As the sun beamed down on Cross Flatts Park, the echoes of laughter and the spirit of togetherness lingered, marking the day as a memorable celebration of inclusivity and sports.

The Hamara Inclusive Sports Day not only provided a platform for physical activity but also reinforced the belief that sports can bridge gaps and bring people together, regardless of their abilities.

In the end, it was a day where barriers were broken, friendships were forged, and the joy of participation took centre stage. With the promise of more such events in the future, the community of Leeds can look forward to a continued celebration of inclusivity, unity, and the transformative power of sports.


This post is based on a press release issued by Hamara Healthy Living Centre


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