MORE than 200 young disabled athletes will descend on Leigh Sports Village this week as Wigan Borough hosts the Greater Manchester Disability Games.
Teams from Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham, Salford, Tameside and Wigan will compete to be crowned the number one in the region at this inaugural event.
Open to young people aged 11-16, the event on Wednesday 8 July will see disabled youngsters compete in six sports including athletics, boys football, girls tag rugby, table tennis, boccia and wheelchair basketball.
The event is being organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's Sports Development Unit and is being supported by Greater Manchester's Competition Manager Network and Disability Sport Development Group.
Adam Blezard from Wigan Sports Development Unit said: "As an organisation we are committed to increasing participation in junior disability sport.
"This is the inaugural event and, if successful, could become a regular feature in the borough's sporting calendar.
"This will be a wonderful experience for those taking part. Leigh Sports Village has the perfect facilities for this event with athletes competing in the leisure centre, on the athletics track and on the 3G pitches.
"It is a great showcase for the borough as well as the athletes."
The competition starts at 10am and runs until 2pm.
Wigan Sports Development run a number of initiatives for disabled youngsters, including a series of multi sports camps to be run over the summer holidays.
For further information on the Greater Manchester Disability Games and opportunities for young disabled people contact Adam Blezard at Wigan Sports Development Unit on 01942 404 982.
Wigan Council, 3rd July 2009