Great Britain’s Wheelchair Rugby team, with the support and encouragement of Get Kids Going!, claimed their third consecutive European Championship Title on Saturday with an impressive 55 to 45 win over Denmark!
Get Kids Going! is proud to have supported the team for almost ten years and allocated them more than £300,000 in support funding! The team’s brilliant performance throughout was cheered on enthusiastically by Jane Emmerson, the Charity’s Chief Executive.
The team’s dominating performance started earlier in the week when they beat Switzerland and then Poland in the run up to the semi-final. The team went on to beat Sweden, in the semi-final, by 53 points to 34 on the day of Jane’s birthday! The team’s win over Denmark, in the final, means that they now qualify for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year!
The event was held in Vejle, Denmark from the 7th to the 11th August. The host nation, Denmark, was joined by France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Jane said “the team’s magnificent success was the best birthday present ever! I cannot thank the guys enough for their wonderful birthday wishes especially when they all sang surprise happy birthday wishes to me immediately after semi-final match! The team have worked so very hard to achieve this victory. They are simply magnificent - I love them all to bits!”
Get Kids Going! says “it is delighted to support the team and deserve all support anyone could ever give”. Without the kind donations given by the Charity’s wonderful supporters such amazing results just would not be possible. To watch the team’s road to Tokyo keep an eye on the Charity’s website and social media pages!
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.
Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long-term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from the government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine, this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.
There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!
Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.
We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.
The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.
The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.
In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.
Please help us turn their dreams into reality!.
Our work would not be possible if it wasnï¿½t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We'd like to say a big thank you to you all.