Disabled athletes visit West Ham Trust to inspire youngsters

Youngsters playing football at the WHCST pitch in Beckton.

Youngsters playing football at the WHCST pitch in Beckton. - Credit: Archant

Two inspirational disabled athletes visited youngsters on the first anniversary of the the Paralympic Games to talk to them about inclusive sport.

Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby player Bulbul Hussain talking to the young sportsmen.

Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby player Bulbul Hussain talking to the young sportsmen. - Credit: Archant

The day was organised by the West Ham United Community Sports Trust (WHCST) who invited a group of young sports enthusiasts from the National Autistic Society to their base in Albatross Close, Beckton.

Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby star Bulbul Hussain arrived with England Cerebral Palsy football regular Emyle Rudder.

Emyle said: “It’s really important that kids have access to coaching, because look where I am now! It gives them a ladder to success.

“This coaching pushes them in the right direction and then it’s down to them to work hard and how much they want it.”

Newham Cllr Unmesh Desai, who is also a WHUCST trustee, added: “What better way to mark the anniversary than by being out here.

“It was an inclusive Games and we’ve got to keep that spirit up, with this being part of it!

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“These children are part of the big West Ham family, which is part of the wider community. This is bringing people together, which is what sport is all about.”