Saracens - Foundation Newsletter: Strictly Professionals visit Strictly Sarries

Special Visitors at Strictly Sarries Session

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec took part in a dance lesson with a difference at our very own Strictly Sarrie session!!

Last year BBC Children in Need award the Saracens Sport Foundation a three year grant of over £31,000 to provide dance sessions to autistic young people. BBC Strictly Pros Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec took part in our very own Strictly Sarrie dance session so they could get an insight into a fantastic project funded by Children in Need. They were thrilled to meet members of the Club and joined in a Strictly Sarrie dance session.

Nine year old Ella from North London who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair was so excited to meet her Strictly hero’s. As Ella’s mum explained that despite being in the chair she just loves to dance. ‘Strictly is her favourite show and Aljaz and Janette are her favourites so she’s been so excited about meeting them’

Despite being nervous at the start of class, Charlotte, from Watford, soon came round thanks to encouragement from Aljaz. Charlottes mum Angeline said: “Here I know she is safe. I can drop her off and she loves it. She can socialise and feel grown up’.

Watching this Strictly Sarrie project left a lasting impression on the pros. As he left the session Aljaz said that taking part in the Strictly Sarrie session clearly brings so much happiness and is like chicken soup for the soul!

The Strictly Pro’s parting advice to the youngsters – Keep Dancing!’.