A GROUP which offers sport and recreation for people with special needs in the town has received a welcome boost.

Special Olympics Redditch, part of Special Olympics GB, was recently named as winner of Anglian’s “Support for Sport” campaign.

Backed by Olympic hockey player Sam Quek MBE, the campaign was launched by the home improvement firm to put the spotlight on all those who play a sport at a grassroots level.

Anglian appealed for community clubs to apply for one of 20 kit sponsorships worth £300.

Guest judge, Sam Quek MBE, helped to select the lucky winners, with Special Olympics Redditch being one of the teams picked.

Sarah Duffin, chairman at Special Olympics Redditch, said: “We found out about the Support for Sport campaign and decided to submit an application, but it was a complete surprise to hear we’d been successful. We are all very excited!

“With the new kit, the team will not only look the part, but this gesture of support will help to foster an even greater sense of team spirit and positivity among the players and all those who help out at the club.”

She added: "We are all so thankful to Anglian for this generous donation."

Founded in 1994, Special Olympics Redditch plays a major role in the local community by bringing people of all ages together through sport.

The team, which trains at Trinity High School, is an accredited branch of Special Olympics GB and is a voluntary operated group providing sports training for people with intellectual disabilities.

Training is given in various activities with opportunities for members to get involved in competitions and events throughout the year.

Sam Quek MBE said: “It was incredibly tough to make a decision as there are some amazing teams out there making a difference to the lives of people – young and old – through participation in sport.

"Support from businesses such as Anglian can really help to boost morale and passion; and my congratulations go to Special Olympics Redditch for securing one of the 20 sponsorships – I’m sure they will enjoy wearing their new kit with pride.”