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2nd Aug, 2021

People with Parkinson's urged to 'Find Your Way To Play' at Worcester Warriors' Sixways stadium

Rob George 24th Jun, 2021

VISITORS to Worcester Warriors’ home will be finding more than ‘Sixways’ to exercise and be creative at a unique event to inspire people with Parkinson’s in the UK to ‘Find Your Way To Play’.

The Try-Athlon, organised by Sport Parkinson’s on Saturday, July 24, will feature a wide range of activities designed to exercise both the body and brain.

The centrepiece of the day will be football tournaments – including walking football – but there will also be ballet, boxing, tag rugby, performance poetry, radio presenting, expert neuro-physios, the chance to create your own piece of art, computer games and live music.

Exercise is increasingly being shown as part of the Parkinson’s prescription, however, to encourage people to take up and continue with an activity the emphasis is on making it fun.

People with Parkinson’s often feel less confident due to their condition, so it is essential we provide a supportive environment for all to do so that they can try new activities without judgement. Many exercise environments pose hurdles which mean that individuals may be discouraged even from having a go.

“We are both proud, humbled and delighted to be supporting Sport Parkinson’s in staging this innovative event. Everyday I take inspiration from my friend, Charlie Appleyard, on his drive, commitment and continued energy in promoting the benefits of exercise, and participation in sport, of those affected by Parkinson’s Disease.” said Warriors’ co-owner Jason Whittingham.

“We were due to stage the inaugural Cure Parkinson’s Cup football tournament last year and were very disappointed when it had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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