The Epping Forest Sportability Club was invited to take part in the Epping Town Show on Sunday 6 July 2014. The show coincided with a weekend of celebrations in Epping as the Tour de France passed through the town on the Monday (7 July) with the sprint being contested on the High Road.
The Town Show had many stalls and displays as well as a fun fair. There was a circus skills workshop as well as displays by the local rugby, netball and judo clubs. We were asked by the District Council to put on a demonstration for 30 minutes of some of the sports that we play. We were supposed to be on the tennis courts but on the day we found a better spot in the field with all the other stalls and displays. Unfortunately, it was not large enough to do Turbo Javelin but we were able to do a display of Boccia.
We managed to attract a fair number of visitors both young and old and possibly one or two potential new members. One of the stalls at the show was The Dream Factory which was set up “to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults who have either life limiting or life threatening conditions, or who suffer from severe disabilities”. They achieve their aim by making the children’s dreams come true.
Supporting the Dream Factory at the show was the actress Vicki Michelle from the 80’s TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo. It was great to meet their team and we found their charity truly inspiring. We ended up doing our demonstration for well over an hour as we were having such a good time. The weather turned out to be bright and sunny so we even got a bit of a tan. A great afternoon out for all those able to attend!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.