Teamwork Trust’s Christmas ice curling event highlighted again how sport can unlock enjoyment and opportunity for adults with learning difficulties.

Over 60 Teamwork service-users – adults with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities – from the charity’s Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough centres came together to enjoy competitive festive fun during the annual event at Beckworth’s Ice Emporium on Thursday 5th December.

One highpoint was when wheelchair-user Becki, from Teamwork’s Corby centre, was whizzed around the rink by one of the Beckworth team – announcing with sheer excitement how she had never been on ice before.

Victoria Bell, Head of Development, Teamwork Trust said: “The benefits of getting active through sport, particularly for disabled people and those with mental health needs, are huge. Our annual Christmas curling at Beckworth brings so many smiles, but also gives service-users a chance to develop and practice new skills, socialise and be active.

“We had so many memorable moments during the day but seeing Becki zooming around the rink with everyone cheering her on was the most emotional. Giving our service-users the same chances and choices as others is what Teamwork Trust stands for, and we are so pleased to be able to offer sporting opportunities like this.”

Teamwork’s sixth ice curling trip was only made possible thanks to the continued support from the Beckworth Emporium team. Victoria added: “We are so grateful to Beckworth Emporium and their helpful staff. This level of support from a local business, as well as the help from our dedicated volunteers, is what enables us to run outings for our service-users.”

For more information on Teamwork’s activities programme click HERE. To see more pictures from the event click HERE.