28th August 2019

Take part in our writing competition, quiz and origami making activity sessions.

Celebrating Sporting Heritage Day

Join us in celebrating Sporting Heritage Day by taking part in our writing competition and quiz. Return your answers before the 25th October 2019, including your name and contact details, either by email to [email protected] or place in the postbox at the Paralympic Heritage Centre, Stoke Mandeville Stadium.


Visit the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, select your favourite object and write in under 100 words why it is your favourite object.


Download the quiz here


A winner from the competition and one from the quiz will be selected to have 'Breakfast with a Paralympian' and receive a £25 M&S voucher. Tell your family and friends!

Winners will be announced on the 31st October!

Origami making sessions in 2020

The countdown to Tokyo 2020 is now underway!

To celebrate the Paralympic Summer Games we would like to create a display using 100s of paper cranes. These will feature at the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to launch the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games

Join in the countdown by coming along to one of our origami making sessions taking place on:

Friday 21st February
Friday 17th April
Friday 29th May 

Why paper cranes? At the last Paralympic Games in Tokyo, in 1964, paper crane garlands were given to the Paralympians as a symbol of ‘good luck’.

If you would like to order a Paralympic paper crane pack to make at home (£1+postage), please contact us at [email protected] 

Paper crane garlands from the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games

Spectators brought garlands of paper cranes to wish the athletes good luck Origami paper crane garlands
©Sally Haynes ©Ian Brittain

Paper crane maker Momoho Yamada's story

Extract from The Mainichi, Japan's National Daily,  

Momoho Yamada was born with cerebral palsy, he spent his adult life building ties between people with disabilities and the non-disabled. Kunisuke, his brother, believes that the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics changed his younger brother's life.

Momoho was unable to move his body as he wished, he started making paper cranes to exercise his hands four years before the Tokyo Games. He used his mouth to hold the origami paper on a table and folded cranes with his disabled hands. Kunisuke recalls,

He may have used his feet, too.

Learning that the Paralympics would be held in Tokyo in the summer of 1964, Momoho thought of donating his paper cranes to the event. After his mother wrote a letter to the event organiser about her son and his cranes, Momoho was invited to the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on November 8th. Until then, Momoho had only gone out in his neighbourhood. He later recalled the moment he learned that he had been invited, saying,

It was a joy that could lift me up to heaven.

Read the full story here