AYRSHIRE ATHLETICS ARENA ALL ABILITY DAY
Councillors Kathy Morrice and Eoghann MacColl, Spokespersons for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing were joined by Cllrs Tom Cook, Andrew Hershaw and Jim Buchanan at the all ability fun day.
The newly opened Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock played host to athletes with disabilities at a special all ability open day recently.
Participants with additional learning and physical support needs were able to try out a range of exciting new sports in the grounds to the new state of the art sports arena. Peter and Margaret Drysdale from Ace Racerunning Club were on hand to demonstrate the art of Racerunning; Quest 88 showcased the popular All Ability Cycling and there were opportunities to try Boccia, curling and athletics.
The All Ability Cycles from Quest 88 are part- funded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and proved to be very popular on the day. Jason Davies from Quest 88 said: "It was great to be asked along to help out at the event and it was unbelievable to see the bikes in action at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena. The facility was fully inclusive to everyone who attended and the venue is an incredible place for the All Ability Cycles to be used. Seeing the parents and children participating while having fun together was great and is just one of the benefits of the bikes."
Councillor Kathy Morrice, Spokesperson for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing added: "The Ayrshire Athletics Arena was the perfect venue for the all ability sports day, and everyone who participated in the event had a brilliant time.
"The Ayrshire Athletics Arena has been designed and built to world class specification, and is, without doubt, the best of its kind in the South of Scotland. It provides flexible accommodation with the very best of equipment for every level of athlete and its inclusive design will allow us to drive forward the development of disability sport. The all ability open day showed that disability sports have an exciting future in East Ayrshire."
The Ayrshire Athletics Arena is South West Scotland's premier athletics and sports facility. Situated in the heart of Kilmarnock, it is easily accessible by road from all main routes and is within a much larger sports park which includes rugby, cricket, judo, gymnastics and football facilities. It has been designed to meet the highest of training and competition requirements for a wide range of athletes, sports clubs, schools and community groups, with a focus on All Ability Athletics.
For more information contact - 01563 576705
Email - AAArena@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
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