WheelPower, the National Charity for Wheelchair Sport are hosting their annual National Junior Games (NJG) 2019 from 30 September – 3 October at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. The primary focus of the National Junior Games is to encourage the disabled children who take part in the Games to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, which improves their mental and physical wellbeing.
In addition to giving the participants a chance to play and enjoy sport, the Games provide a platform for those with sporting talent (12-18 years old) to be identified and nurtured along the Paralympic pathway. This year some 125 participants from across the country are expected to attend.
The 2019 National Junior Games coincides with the 50th anniversary year since Stoke Mandeville Stadium was first opened by HRH The Queen in 1969. The Stadium has hosted many events for young disabled people inspiring them to be active, play and compete in sport at all levels. The national event is an opportunity for participants from various backgrounds to gain confidence in their abilities, meet new friends, and inspire each other with a new healthier and happier way of life through sharing life experiences and real-life stories. Ultimately, the National Junior Games is a key catalyst behind noticeably improving the quality of the lives of the disabled children.
As Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville is very close-by, we are hugely supportive of WheelPower’s vision and hope that the National Junior Games continue to become increasingly popular.
Good luck to everyone taking part!