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* 26 July 2002 *

Sporting Disabled events offers opportunities for all

With the Commonwealth Games currently throwing the spotlight on disabled athletes, a free event at the University of Sussex next month will allow disabled people to participate in a variety of sports.

'Sporting Disabled 2002' takes place from 12-16 August and includes sessions for tennis, hockey, basketball, cricket, football and squash.

Event organiser Aruna Sharma says, "The idea behind this event is to allow disabled people to participate in a variety of sports and to create local links between disabled voluntary organisations."

Qualified coaches will be on hand for all the sessions. Brighton & Hove Albion football coach Theresa Sanders says, "What we want to do is encourage more people to play football regularly by offering good and safe coaching."

Tennis coach Gary Marlow from The Road to Eastbourne project says, "This is about trying to raise awareness and to tailor sports more for the disabled."

All are welcome to the week of events, which includes a charity 'It's a Knockout' event with barbeque and DJs on Friday 16 August. The event is being sponsored by Lucozade and Southern Water.

More information can be found on the website. If you are interested in attending, contact Aruna Sharma on 01273 877125 or email arunas@sportingdisabled.com.




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For further information, please contact Peter Simmons or Alison Field, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email P.J.Simmons@sussex.ac.uk or A.Field@sussex.ac.uk.




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