Charity's badminton scheme a smash hit for people with learning disabilities

Members of Mencap at Black Arrows badminton club

Members of Mencap at Black Arrows badminton club

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A new scheme to help people with learning disabilities play badminton has been launched.

Twelve people with learning disabilities and volunteers from Haringey Mencap took part in the new project at Black Arrows Badminton Club.

Mencap Sport, Special Olympics GB and Badminton England have worked together on the project to get more people with learning disabilities playing the sport.

Ian Carpenter, national sport manager for Mencap, said: "It's fantastic to see that through our positive partnership with Badminton England, people with a learning disability are getting the opportunity to have a go at badminton.

“Our ongoing work means people with a learning disability will be able to play badminton on a regular basis and also have the opportunity to play competitively.”

Sandy Kurek, project manager for Badminton England, said: "The fantastic link that has now been created between Black Arrows Badminton Club and Haringey Mencap has been produced through the ongoing partnership work and support of Mencap Sport and Special Olympics GB, and the willingness of Black Arrows to develop Inclusive badminton opportunities across London.”

Herald, who took part in the session and has a learning disability and is a member of Haringey Mencap, said: "I have played badminton before but not for many years.

“When I heard about the sessions I was interested straight away. It's a good session because it gives me the chance to play badminton and build my skills."

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