Local people in Kirklees with learning disabilities have taken part in a special football fun day at The Zone in Huddersfield on Tuesday 11 June.
The football fun days take place four times a year and offer opportunities for service users to try something new and meet new people.
The event was part of the Trust’s Creative Minds initiative which encourages creative approaches to activities for service users. The session followed on from the success of the ‘get active for 2012’ scheme and offered a range of sports activities such as boccia, bowling competitions and penalty shootouts.
The day was enjoyed by 60 service users along with family, carers and staff. Nigel McLoughlin, professional lead nurse for learning disabilities at the Trust, helped to organise the event and said, “The Olympic theme fund day that took place last year was really enjoyed by those that took part so we decided to plan something similar again.
“We have a lot of service users with a variety of complex needs, so it’s important that we really think about the activities on offer and plan them to suit everyone. We had a variety of activities for people to join in with and they were really enjoyed by everyone at the event.
“Sport is a great way of boosting self-esteem and encouraging people to take part in physical exercise. It’s also a great way of getting people together, improving social integration which has a positive impact on people’s wellbeing.”