As the countdown to the National Indoor Games held on 14-16 March in Leicester begins in earnest, games organiser The British Polio Fellowship is appealing for local businesses to support or sponsor this year’s event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the charity in style. Held at the Leicester Marriott Hotel every year, the games allow some 140 disabled competitors living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) drawn from regional heats throughout the UK to compete against Fellowship members for the medals on offer.
Competitors arrive in Leicester to contest 9 different indoor sports, all specifically tailored for those with physical disability to be able to compete and to make this year’s games extra special the charity is keen to hear from any business organisation from the East Midlands interested in getting involved in making this year’s games the best ever. For more details or information on The British Polio Fellowship, call 0800 043 1935, email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk
“The Indoor Games always attract a lot of local and national publicity and in our 75th Anniversary year, we thought it would be great to invite local businesses in the East Midlands to help us,” said Ted Hill, MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “Last year the games featured on regional ITV and were reported on in regional and national media. The games thus represent an ideal platform for local business to take part and benefit from the coverage the games attracts, while supporting The British Polio Fellowship, members and competitors in a milestone year for the charity.”
The National Indoor Games have a long history and now in their 12th year in Leicester, the Marriott Hotel has become to participants what the Crucible has become to Snooker players. This year the medals will be presented at this year’s ceremony by Team GB Paralympian legend Anne Wafula Strike, who takes over the role from fellow Paralympian Swimming Silver medallist James Crisp who did the honours last year. The event is always well supported, with local MP Keith Vaz dropping in last year to lend his support to the event and those taking part.
“The games have a lot of potential for any business wishing to get involved and we are always happy to speak to people and welcome any suggestions,” added Ted. “Perhaps a business out there is celebrating a significant milestone this year too, or would like to sponsor one of the events or the games as a whole. Even if you would just like to find out more about us, the late effects of Polio and PPS we would love to hear from you.”
This year’s games comes amid the charity’s 75th anniversary celebration and the charity is hoping as many people as possible will get involved and discover more about living with the late effects of Polio and PPS along the way. Despite popular misconception, Polio is still having an impact on thousands in the UK. There is a community of some 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and PPS, and the role of The British Polio Fellowship is to offer support, guidance and information to these people and their families and friends to enable them to live as full a life as possible.
The 140 or so competitors taking part in this year’s Indoor Games finals have qualified from their regional heats in one of the 9 regions of the country – comprising East Midlands; Scotland; Home Counties; North of England; North West; South of England; Wales; Western; and Yorkshire. 9 individual games will be played: Kurling; Bowls; Darts (standing and sitting); Boccia; Draughts; Cribbage; Dominoes; 5s and 3s; and Scrabble, with medals up for grabs in all categories and competition extremely fierce.