Posted on 4th May 2023
Today, Badminton Scotland’s RDO West, Euan Murray visited Catrine Games Hall in East Ayrshire for the adult disability badminton session which is part of the ‘Things Tae Dae Social Hub’.
Things Tae Dae Social Hub is a group based in Cumnock area for adults with learning disabilities. The group take part in a variety of activities, including tea dances, raffles, karaoke and more.
Recently (in October) the group started a badminton session ran by volunteers Stephen and Andy which has been a big hit with the participants!
The all ability session teaches players how to hold the racket, hit shuttlecocks and where to aim the shuttle to encourage accuracy. Players have also been enjoying some impressive rallies!
Marc Percious, a member of Things to Dae Social Hub told us he loves learning badminton techniques from Andy and Stephen.
Euan caught up with volunteer Stephen McCourt, who said: “It’s great to be part of this group and to see the difference in their and ability in general. It’s really rewarding to see the progress in the group and a privilege to be part of in supporting the adults. I would say this has reignited by passion for Badminton as it has such a great impact on the group and myself”.
Gary Seymour, Active Schools Coordinator tells us: “the impact Badminton has had on the things tae dae has been amazing. Social interaction, skill development and team work at its best”.
“The Badminton group support people with a disability through providing activities to enhance health and well-being, promote inclusion with the local community in small rural area. The individuals are improving every week and there has been significant progress from the group” – Maureen Preston, Local Area Coordinator EAC Vibrant Communities.
Scottish Learning Disability Week celebrates the rich contribution that people with learning disabilities make to society.
This year’s theme is ‘Lead to change’ with a focus on all aspects of Leadership. The week matters because there are over 125,000 people with learning disabilities living in Scotland, and raising awareness provides an opportunity to change attitudes, making Scotland a better, fairer and more equal place for everyone.