On Sunday 1st May disabled competitors from around the Midlands will converge on Rugby for the 27th Rugby Sports Day for the Disabled.
The event will be held at The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre and at The Rugby Thornfield
Indoor Bowls Club.
With nearly 30 sports to choose from, competitors with a wide range of disabilities will be
battling for honours from 10 o’clock onwards.
For members of Rugby Sport for the Disabled Association it is the highlight of the
competition year, as not only is it their home event, but it is one of the largest and most
popular events in the region. It is what they look forward to throughout the year as they
practise their skills at the regular Saturday morning sessions at The Ken Marriott Centre.
Until now the leisure centre has been made available free of charge as a special concession, but due to the current economic climate, this is no longer possible.
Luckily Bernard Purdy came across some funding opportunities at the Heart of England Community Foundation and made an application for funding to cover the venue hire for the Sports day. The RSDA were thrilled to find out the application had been successful and funding was forthcoming from The Peugeot Fund, and very soon a cheque for £1500 was on its way to the group.
Kat Hall, Grants Officer at the foundation commented ‘This is a very worth while project to support as it allows people with disabilities to access sports and the social life the goes along with it. I am sure the day will be a resounding success and lots of people will remember their achievements for a long time to come’.
Bernard Purdy said ‘ RSDA was concerned when we realised we would have to hire the venue for the Sports Day, however, Fortunately Peugeot have stepped in, via The Heart of England Community Fund, to cover the cost and to help to ensure the long term viability of this important event’.