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4 All Games: Paralympian backs inclusive sport project

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Image caption Goalball, pictured at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, is one of the sports included in the new tournament

A Paralympic champion is backing a new initiative to get both disabled and non-disabled children competing together in school sports.

The 4 All Games aims to introduce tournaments featuring fencing, archery, visually impaired football and goalball to PE lessons and sports clubs.

Danielle Brown, two-time Paralympic archery gold winner, said the format creates a "level playing field".

The scheme will initially focus on schools in South and West Yorkshire.

Those behind the 4 All Games want to find coaches to help the tournaments spread across the country.

Competitions will be held at local, regional and national level for primary and secondary schools, with a variant of the games for colleges and universities.


The four sports

  • Goalball - Involves players attempting to roll or throw a basketball-sized ball with bells inside into their opponents' goal
  • VI football - A derivative of the game futsal, VI football involves playing five-a-side with a ball which makes a noise
  • Archery - From a standing or sitting position, arrows are fired towards a target, with higher points awarded for arrows close to the centre zone
  • Fencing - Whether standing or sitting, the aim is to strike your opponent in the permitted areas for points
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Ms Brown, from Lothersdale in North Yorkshire, said: "Disability sport is something that's very close to my heart, I was very lucky as an athlete to compete on the able-bodied team too so I know the barriers that are there for people with disabilities.

"We're hoping to deliver through schools and community groups to start with and we're wanting it to grow organically."

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Image caption Archer Danielle Brown is supporting the initiative

Organisers said the four sports were selected because of their "mentally challenging nature" and are easily adapted for all skill levels and abilities.

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