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Super day for kids

Young people with special needs were given a chance to try something new during a day of Olympic-inspired sports.

The free SUPERNOVA event took place at Hoddesdon’s John Warner Sports Centre in May and marked the start of the borough’s programme of events inspired by the London 2012 Games.

Young people with special needs and their siblings were invited to take part in a range of sports and arts activities set out in seven different zones in the sports centre. The aim was to inspire them to try something they had never done before.

The Hit Zone offered games such as rounders, tennis and hockey while the Explorer Zone offered archery and Try-Golf. The Sport Zone had wheelchair football, Boccia, trampolining and basketball, while the Dance Zone offered Zumba and cheerleading. The Splash Zone had canoeing and swimming on offer, the Chill Zone offered film and art activities and the Games Zone contained facilities to play Wii and Xbox Kinect.

The SUPERNOVA event was awarded an Olympic Inspire Mark, which is given to innovative projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: “The Supernova event is encouraging young people with special needs to fulfil their potential.

“I am proud that with the help of parties such as Broxbourne Council, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in sport and art activities.”


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