Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of specialist learning disability care, has this week hosted its greatly anticipated Athletics Championship, enjoyed by hundreds of its service users, as well as staff and family members.
Taking place at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton, individuals joined together for a whole day of competitive sporting fun. People CMG supports were eager to take part in a whole range of traditional and unique sporting activities, with everything from wheelchair basketball and a wheelchair sensory obstacle race, to 100m, 200m and 400m races, badminton and the traditional egg and spoon race.
CMG was very honoured to have David Weir, the 6 x Paralympian Gold Medalist and 7 x London Marathon wheelchair winner, in attendance to hand out the 226 medals to CMG’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in over 20 different sporting activities. The delight on the faces of the people CMG supports, as well as staff was fantastic to see.
For over two decades, CMG has worked to support individuals with particularly complex needs, including those with autistic spectrum conditions, mental health needs, and profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Central to the organisation’s vision is to ensure that people they support are given the opportunity to lead the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible. In order to achieve this, CMG is committed to providing individuals with access to a range of experiences such as the athletics competition, which is not only a great deal of fun, but helps to develop and build on their skills, including communication and team work and also promotes healthy lifestyles, in line with the national learning disability Health Charter.
Michael Fullerton, CMG’s Clinical Director, who organises the event, said:
“We strive to provide the people we support with every opportunity to participate in events, activities and hobbies that they enjoy. Every year, our Athletics Competition is a real success and it has been brilliant to see so many of the people we support getting involved, working together and being proud of their fantastic accomplishments at the end of the day.”