Chal­leng­ing times at games

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

The first Kent Chal­lenger Games will take place to­mor­row (Fri­day).

The event at the Julie Rose Sta­dium has been de­signed to help young peo­ple deal­ing with the pres­sures of daily life.

The games will also work with mil­i­tary vet­er­ans to bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

Mayor of Ash­ford, Cllr Win­ston Michael, who is chair­man of the Kent Chal­lenger Games, said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the smile on chil­dren’s faces who have never had an op­por­tu­nity to do any­thing like this and com­pete along­side ser­vice­men.”

In­spi­ra­tion for the event came from the Par­a­lympics and In­vic­tus Games and it is ex­pected about 500 chil­dren from schools around Ash­ford will take part.

School teams will com­prise of 10 pupils, each with dis­abil­i­ties in the wider sense in­clud­ing lack of par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports, and those who are so­cially adrift and dis­en­gaged.

Am­putee and dis­abled mil­i­tary vet­er­ans will act as their cham­pi­ons.

Teams will be marked on ef­fort, team work, and par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The games have also se­cured £5,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

A pic­ture spe­cial and full write up from the event will fea­ture in next week’s pa­per.

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