More than 100 young people took part in an Allianz Dare to Believe festival with the Youth Sport Trust at the Copper Box Arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, part of a series of festivals for primary-aged young people, breaking down barriers around special education needs and disability (SEND).
Allianz has partnered with national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to deliver 20 Dare to Believe festivals, which will reach 3000 young people from around 200 schools across the country this summer.
Yesterday’s event saw Youth Sport Trust Athlete Ambassadors Kate Grey and Iain Rose, engage an excited audience of young people with and without SEND, before teams undertook a series of activities, encouraging groups to work together and include others, forming friendships as well as talking about what it means to be inclusive.
As well as YST Young Leaders from a nearby inclusion secondary school, Allianz volunteers helped teams make their way around the activity stations and encouraged young people to try things and challenge themselves.
Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey said:
These events are giving young people a fantastic opportunity to try something new, work with others and learn skills that they can take back to their playgrounds and ultimately communities. Working with young people at this early primary stage helps equip them with the understanding and tolerance that they need to accept each other as they grow up.
Allianz’s brand marketing manager, Carolyn Rich said:
Building on our partnership with the British Paralympic Association, we have partnered with the Youth Sport Trust to develop and deliver the Allianz Dare to Believe festivals. We were delighted to have Paralympians Kate Grey and Iain Rose join us at such an iconic setting.
It was fantastic to have Allianz employees and our broker partner, HW Wood, volunteering at this event. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Youth Sport Trust over the next few months to bring young people together.