Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up again to support disabled athletes across England
Thu, 14 Apr 2016
Following last year’s successful programme, Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again to ensure more disabled athletes have access to participation opportunities across England. In 2016, Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and eight regional qualifiers, with an aim is to increase the number of disabled people in athletics.
Somnath Saha CEO of Typhoo Ltd, said:
“Typhoo is delighted to continue our partnership with EFDS. We are looking forward to supporting more disabled people to access sport as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”
Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:
“We’re delighted to be working again with Typhoo on this much-loved programme. It is always brilliant to see how many people get involved in this athletics programme, both competitors and volunteers. This is testament to the hard work that takes place every year. Typhoo’s support is extremely valuable and will ensure more disabled people use this opportunity to be active for life.”
In 2015, 1400 disabled athletes took part across England and everyone involved enjoyed the benefits of Typhoo’s partnership. Now, the tea company is brewing up again with EFDS’s events programme to ensure more disabled athletes have access to local and national competition.
Disabled athletes will be part of the regional qualifiers that lead to the National Junior Athletics Championships climax on 2-3 July. Over 250 12-20 year olds will take part at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where spectators can spot future stars amongst competitors.
For over 25 years, the National event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which is not often supported at many other events.
Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.
Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, which drive the athletes’ ambition to qualify at the Nationals. This makes them highly competitive for the team trophy at the national event. Regional events begin in April across the English regions, with Yorkshire on Tuesday 19 April. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships will be available on www.efds.co.uk