After the London Olympics and Paralympics were over, we arranged a visit of the Olympic torch to the Epping Forest Sportability Club.
A member of the sports team at Essex County Council came to speak to the children and explain to them about the Olympic ideals and what they stood for. He brought with him one of the Olympic torches used in the relay.
In addition he had one of the four lanterns used at the beginning of the Paralympic relay - the one brought down from the top of Mount Snowden.
Finally, we also had the Paralympic torch belonging to Anne Strike, a local Paralympian, who had taken part in the torch relay. She spoke to and inspired the children and brought with her a whole bunch of medals that she had won throughout her career.
This may have been one of the only times that an Olympic Torch, a Paralympic torch and a Paralympic Lantern were in the same place at the same time – a real treat!
The children enjoyed the visit enormously and learnt a lot from the presentation shown to them. But the main fun was had posing for photographs with all the torches and medals.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.