AN ENGLAND high jump star who recently competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will provide the inspiration for young people with a range of disabilities when he visits Woking Inclusive Sports Club.
Martyn Bernard, a Commonwealth silver medallist and Olympic finalist in the high jump, will host two sessions delivering expert coaching and raising participants’ aspirations on Sunday, August 31 and Sunday, September 28 at Woking College in his capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion.
Woking Inclusive Sports Club offers young people from Woking and across Surrey, aged between 11 and 19-years-old with physical or neurological disabilities and their siblings, the opportunity to get active through weekly sports sessions.
The club is a joint initiative between Woking Football Club and Woking Borough Council, with funding from Sportivate, a £56 million Nation Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.
Bernard said: “I ‘m really looking forward to this exciting multi-sport Sportivate project at Woking College. I cannot wait to help them get fit through sport and tell them about my own experience of proudly representing England and Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.
“Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.
“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing Development, Councillor Beryl Hunwicks, said: “We are delighted to welcome Martyn to Woking. It is great to see him take a keen interest and inspire young people with physical or neurological disabilities to try a sport they may never have tried before.”
Sports on offer include boccia, new age curling, wheelchair basketball, table cricket, goalball, football and more.
Sessions are overseen by fully qualified, experienced coaches and volunteers. Parents and guardians are encouraged to stay and support their youngsters.
Sessions cost just £2. There’s no need to book, simply turn up and play.