Help keep disabled sports club up and running

Puffin Sports Club
Puffin Sports Club
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An award-winning sports club that gives disabled people the chance to participate in sport fears closure unless new volunteers can be found.

The Puffins Sports Club, which won the Dacorum Sports Award for Disabled Sport, was opened over 35 years ago by champion athlete, shot putter Geoff Cape.

The club, which meets at Hemel Sport Space every Saturday morning, provides facilities for physical recreation and sport in a friendly atmosphere for people with physical or learning disabilities in the Dacorum area.

Club members can enjoy a range of indoor sports including badminton, table tennis, pool, indoor hockey, basketball and curling. The club also arranges excursions and events for members.

As well as offering disabled people an opportunity to try sport, the Puffins Club helps members develop their skills and raises self-esteem and confidence. Disabled people often find that not many activities run at the weekend locally, so the club enables them to get out of the house and socialise with other people.

Trevor Beale, who has volunteered with Puffins Sports Club for more than 20 years, said: “Many of us who have been volunteering for many years are now unable to continue to do so, due to older age and ill health and so we now need some new local volunteers to carry on our legacy and keep the club up and running.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with the club can contact chairman Terry O’Nien on 07899 062674 or the.oniens@ntlworld.com