Kids celebrate achievements in sport and art

Youngsters getting their awards

Youngsters getting their awards

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THE Aiming Higher, Reaching Higher project, run by Horsham District Council for disabled young people gathered for an awards ceremony to mark the end of two years achievement in sport and arts activities.

The ceremony, held at the QEII School in Horsham on Friday, saw nearly 50 young people from the ages of five to 19 presented with certificates of achievement by district councillor John Bailey (Con, Rudgwick).

The ceremony marked the end of another year of the Aiming Higher, Reaching Higher project which delivers a wide range of activities for local disabled children and their siblings. The children and young people were rewarded for their achievement in everything from badminton to drama and cricket to DJing.

The ceremony, attended by the young people, their families and the Aiming Higher team, was opened by a special performance from the project percussion group and ended with a finale from the dance troupe.

Helen Crooks, who co-ordinates the Aiming Higher, Reaching Higher, said: “Today’s ceremony has been a great way to recognise the incredible achievements of these young people. It has been wonderful to watch each of them grow in confidence and self esteem while learning a new skill and most importantly having a good time. We are working hard to secure further funding to allow the project to continue and develop in the long-term.”

Parent Ellen Tomlinson said her son Simon, 15, was autistic and had ‘moderately severe learning difficulties’.

“Two years ago he would not have cared about performing, could not have consistently hit a shuttlecock nor cricket ball, and would not even have understood the concept of DJing and video film editing. Now, thanks to Aiming Higher and a bunch of dedicated, patient and talented coaches, he loves to show off and perform, he can play a game of badminton, score a run, and can fancy himself as the next Spielberg.”

The project will be back in the autumn so if anyone is interested to hear more please contact Helen Crooks at Helen.Crooks@horsham.gov.uk