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Round the world challenge

Published on Monday, 20th January 2020

Launch of round the world challenge

An initiative to support people with a learning disability to get out and get active in a way that is flexible, fun and empowering has been launched in Hambleton.

Mencap’s ‘Round the World Challenge’ is all about turning hours of fun, sports and physical activities into an around the world adventure. Participants are issued with a passport to log the hours of activity that they take part in on a weekly basis which is then calculated into the distance they have travelled around the world. Hambleton District Council is working with Northallerton and the Dales Mencap to set up two new activities to add to its existing inclusive sports programme to give people even more opportunities to achieve their Round the World hours of activity.   

There are three different routes:

  • UK route: 20 hours of activity
  • Europe route: 40 hours of activity
  • World route: 100 hours of activity

Participants will receive a postcard from a different location as the number of hours of activity they do takes them further around the world.

“People with a learning disability can face greater challenges in getting active, including being unable to find sports centres or having low confidence following bad experiences of sport in the past,” said Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, portfolio holder for leisure.

“As well as the health benefits of increasing physical activity, being involved in sport can help boost confidence in other areas of life, including employment, reducing loneliness and building friendships.

“This is a truly amazing initiative which has been designed to be inclusive and with the help of a grant from Mencap we will be able to add two new sports sessions to our list of inclusive activities.”

For more information contact Joe McKechnie (Inclusive Sports Officer) on 01609 767261 or [email protected]

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