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2017 Surrey Para Games 

It was an inclusive, multi sport event on July 7, open to young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Held at Charterhouse Club in Godalming the Games are organised by Active Surrey and supported by South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt and Paralympian Rachel Morris MBE. 

What is the Surrey Para Games? ¦ Where and when?¦  What is involved?

Meet the Athletes ¦ The Organisers and Host


The Waverley Para Games goes from strength to strength; jeremy hunt MP

Photos of the day

What was it?

The Games followed on from three successful years of the Waverley Para Games.

The event expanded this year, with the hope of attracting more young athletes to compete.

The Games were for young people in school years 7-10, including those within mainstream schools.

Where and when?

The 2017 Surrey Para Games was held at Charterhouse Club in Godalming.

The event took place on Friday, July 7 between 10am and 2pm (athletes arrive at 9:30am).

Godalming Run 2016

What is involved?

The great thing about the Surrey Para Games is how much is on offer.

We saw hockey, tennis, boccia, swimming, cricket, rowing, football, gymnastics and sitting volleyball. 

Participants rotated around 3 or 4 different sports at one central venue.

The 2017 Surrey Para Games sat within the Surrey School Games inclusive events calendar (part of the National School Games programme) and is supported by the COINS Foundation and DFN Charitable Foundation.

And that's not all - the event also enabled talent identification and links with National Governing Bodies of Sport talent pathways, as well as connections with local clubs for continued participation and involvement in sport beyond the event itself.

swimming race; pool

Meet the Athletes

We met up with local competitors, both from last year's and this year's Games. Their enthusiasm is second to none - they tell us why they enjoy taking part.

Elena Vazzana

Elena Vazzana

Elena (14) and from Stepping Stones School in Hindhead. She took part in a range of sports at last year’s Games.

She took part again this year – and is encouraging others to go for it!

Oliver Bainbridge-Glover

Oliver Bainbridge-Glover

Oliver Bainbridge-Glover (17) goes to Stepping Stones School in Hindhead.

He has taken part in all previous Games – but wasn't able to this year as he is now in Year 11. His favourite sport is football – which he played at last year’s Games.

Joshua Brennand

Joshua Brennand

Joshua (13) goes to Woking High School.

Here he is, looking forward to his second year at the Games. He tells us what he did at last year’s.

Good luck to all the athletes.

Who is involved?

Jeremy Hunt MP - Founder

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy said: "I am delighted we are in a position to further develop this event which would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of COINS Foundation and The DFN Foundation.

“This year’s event will be bigger and better, with more schools taking part from across the county.

"Once again we will be working with Active Surrey who do a fantastic job in coordinating everything to ensure the smooth running of the event on the day."

Paralympian Rachel Morris MBE - Ambassador

rachel morris: paralympic rower GOLD MBE

Rachel Morris: "I'm really proud to be associated with the Surrey Para Games. I feel there is a large group of school age children who struggle to fit in with mainstream sports due to a variety of disabilities.

"This event allows those children to try sport in a protected yet supportive and challenging environment. I really hope this can develop to include a wider geographical area and bridge the gap with mainstream clubs.

"Sport is such a vital part of development and the benefits should be available for all".

Active Surrey - Organisers

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Active Surrey said: "We are trying to create more participation in sports and activity throughout the year rather than making this one day of sport for these children.

"This is why we have made more of getting a firm commitment from the National Governing Bodies and where possible, local sports clubs, to truly get their 'buy-in' and help after our event."

kids playing football tournament

Charterhouse Club - Hosts

The Charterhouse facilities include a sports hall, several studios, a pool, outdoor athletics and astro pitches.

Tim Ostle, Commercial Director at Charterhouse Club, commented:

“We are honoured to host the Surrey Para Games. The Games has become a special event on our calendar and we are looking forward to welcoming local schools, students and VIP guests back to the Club.

"Year-on-year the event is enjoyed by many young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

"They so enjoy the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and this event provides them with the chance to try new sports and to progress their talents.”


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