The first of the autism-friendly Xplorer events have taken place at Heaton Park, Manchester. The free events aim to provide an opportunity for children with the condition and their families to enjoy the sport. Set up with the help of the Middleton Autism group, 23 people took part in the two courses available yesterday.
British Orienteering has been working hard to develop its offer to people with autism and is currently working with the National Autistic Society.
Rob Bishop from British Orienteering explained: “We firmly believe that the sport is ideal for anyone with the condition and allows families and individuals to take part at any level. We hope that the children that take part in these events will take part in more orienteering activities from permanent orienteering course's to club events.”
The autism-friendly events will be taking place throughout the summer at Heaton Park, Manchester. Everyone is welcome to bring siblings, friends and dogs to these free events. We are situated by the Stables Café from 11 am until 1 pm.
Everyone who takes part gets to keep their Xplorer map and receives a certificate.
For further information please contact Rob Bishop or contact him on his mobile: 07891 091 662.