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I would like to tell you about a very nice project that involved the ITF, an events company Factory Eleven, the shipping company Maersk and Stoke Mandeville Stadium.  Factory Eleven and Maersk donated a set of Tennis Factory equipment to Stoke Mandeville/Wheelpower during the Spinal Unit Games.  These Games take place at the Stadium and teams come together from the 12 Spinal Units in the UK and take part in many different sports – wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, athletics, swimming, sledge hockey, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair fencing etc.

I was very happy with what I saw. It is a wonderful way to introduce sport to people that have recently had an accident.  I experienced something similar after my accident in 1992 at the Sarah Kubitschek Centre in Brasilia but there wasn’t the range of sports that are now available.

My friend Peter Gray is the owner of Factory Eleven and they have similar equipment across different sports that allow people to play in parks, shopping centres and other locations.  The philosophy across all sports – tennis, golf, cricket, football, angling…- is inclusive so that kids and adults with a disabilty can join in the activity with able bodied family and friends.  It is a lot of fun and the equipment is very colourful and robust.

I had a wonderful day and I want to say thank you to Pete and Maersk for their positive attitude to promoting sport.

I hope to be back soon to tell similar positive stories that have a happy ending!

Tennis Factory donate tennis equipment to Stoke Mandeville
Une usine de materiel de tennis fait don d’equipement a Stoke Mandeville

Coucou!

J’aimerais vous parler d’un projet très sympa, dont font partie le ITF, une agence évènementielle “Factory Eleven”, une entreprise de fret “Maersk” et le stadium de Stoke Mandeville. Factory Eleven et Maersk ont fait don d’un set d’equipement de tennis (Tennis Factory) à Stoke Mandeville/Wheelpower pendant les jeux Spinal Unit. Ces jeux ont pris place au Stadium and les équipes ont été formées à partir des 12 Spina Units du Royaume-Uni and ont joué a divers sports, tennis handisport, basketball handisport, ping-pong, athlétisme, natation, rugby handisport, escrime, hockey sur luge, etc….

J’étais très heureuse de voir cela. C’est une excellente façon de proposer du sport à des personnes qui ont récemment eu un accident.
J’ai pris part à un projet similaire après mon accident en 1992 au Centre Sarah Kubitschek à Brasilia mais il n’y avait pas la variété de sports disponible maintenant.

Mon ami Peter Gray est propriétaire de Factory Eleven, et ils ont des équipements similaires pour différents sports qui permettent de jouer dans les parcs, centre commerciaux etc. …
Leur philosophie pour tous les sports -tennis, golf, cricket, football, pêche à la ligne…- est d’inclure tout le monde, de façon à ce que petits et grands handicapés puissent jouer avec famille et amis. Leur équipement est très ludique, coloré et robuste!

J’ai passé une excellente journée et je voudrais remercier Pete et Maersk pour leur attitude si positive envers le sport.

A bientôt j’espère, pour plus d’histoires qui se terminent bien!

Sam

Tennis Factory donate tennis equipment to Stoke Mandeville

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