Get yourself active blog

Foundation Enterprises North West on pursuit of cup glory

Monday 26 February 2018

As part of the Get Yourself Active project in Cheshire, Cheshire Centre For Independent Living (CCIL) created a new link with Foundation Enterprises North West Housing (FENW) and Richmond Court.

Both organisations offer temporary accommodation opportunities to people who have currently no fixed residence.

During year 3 of the project CCIL managed to secure £500 from Cheshire FA to support a 5-a-side football session in partnership with the two housing organisations. The vision of the session was to formalise a “kick about” into an organised session that would provide the residents with a good quality experience taking place in the local community.

It soon became apparent that the group wanted to progress further and were keen to take part in local competitive matches. With the support of Cheshire FA, the group was affiliated to Chester City Football Club and now competes in the local Ability Counts Football League.

On Saturday 24th February the team took park in a local football tournament to celebrate the FA People’s Cup. The day was a huge success and the team managed to win the tournament progressing them on to the North West Finals which are due to take place in March.

We wish the team all the best in the pursuit of lifting the cup for Cheshire.

 

In other news: Want to help make a change in the information disabled people receive about physical activity?

Want to help make a change in the information disabled people receive about physical activity?

Thursday 22 February 2018

Help shape national guidelines aimed at disabled people and their supporters to help increase take up of physical activity and receive a £30 Amazon voucher

Disabled people are less likely than non-disabled people to take part in physical activity on a regular basis. One of the main reasons for this is that disabled people do not have access to the knowledge and information we need to make informed decisions about the benefits of physical activity and how we go about it.

The current Chief Medical Officer Guidelines are designed to inform the population about the benefits of physical activity. However, we have heard from many disabled people that they don’t feel the guidelines relate to them due to unrealistic expectations about what they as individuals can do.

The University of Birmingham is leading on a project in partnership with Public Health England to write a new set of evidence based guidelines coproduced with disabled people and disabled peoples organisations and academics.

Would you like to get involved in helping to shape these guidelines? If you are disabled and would like to take part in our focus groups please read on!!

Researchers will be running workshops in London, Leicester and Birmingham to get the views of individual disabled people, supported by Disability Rights UK and local partners.

How long?

Approximately 2 hours

Where?

London – Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

Birmingham – University of Birmingham

Leicester  – LCiL, West End Neighborhood Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester  LE3 5PA

When? 

London focus groups – 12th March at 11am and at 2pm

Birmingham – 13th March at 11am and  at 12noon

Leicester focus group – 14th March at 4pm

What’s in it for me? You will have the chance to help shape national guidelines aimed at disabled people and their supporters to help increase take up of physical activity. You will also receive a £30 Amazon voucher and get your travel expenses paid up to the amount of £110.

How do I sign up? Get in touch with Disability Rights UK to register your interest by Wednesday 28th February. Here are the contact details; Email: Leanne.Wightman@disabilityrightsuk.orgPhone: 0203 687 0781

We would love to hear from you, please get in touch!!

Grow the Game 2018 – £1.5 million funding boost for grassroots football

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and first launched back in 2010, offers grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams.

This year, applications are being encouraged from clubs who want to start:

  • Women and girls’ teams
  • Disability teams

Grow the Game grants help to reduce the costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams by making £1,500 available for each that a club creates. Expenditure that the funding can help a club pay for includes: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

The application window for Grow the Game application is now open and closes on Thursday 29 March. Clubs seeking more information on the programme should contact Sheffield & Hallamshire County (contact details below) or visit SheffieldFA.com.

Grow the Game is inclusive of players from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and those with disabilities. Applications that originate from, or provide for, underrepresented communities are being encouraged.

In addition, male teams of Under-17s-and-upwards that already exist will soon be able to apply for support from a new FA, retention-focused scheme called Retain the Game, which will offer £1m to successful applicants and launch in April. It will allow open-age male teams to apply for financial support to aid their continued participation in the game.

In other news: Independent Travel Training in Doncaster

World Champion Wheelchair Racer Sammi Kinghorn prepares for Commonwealth Games 

Monday 19 February 2018

Double World Champion wheelchair racer and Scottish Sports Personality of the Year 2017, Sammi Kinghorn, is currently preparing for her biggest challenge yet, the 2018 Commonwealth Games this April in Australia.

Sammi started wheelchair racing after suffering an accident that left her paralysed below the waist at 14. Whilst recovering, her physiotherapist recognised Sammi’s athletic abilities and encouraged her to try out some sports. Sammi said:

“I tried lots of sports at the Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and I discovered wheelchair racing, and immediately, that was me hooked.”

Sammi has since become an established name in wheelchair racing. She competed in Rio 2016, broke the world record for the 200m sprint, and became World Champion for both the 100m and 200m sprints. She’s now preparing to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, with the aim to make it to the 1500m final.

In preparation for the games, Sammi has been training full-time; twice a day, six days a week:

“I’ve been mixing up gym work, track and rollers, and pushing on the road near Glasgow where I live. Everything has gone really well, and I’m happy with my placings for the Commonwealth.”

Sammi doesn’t see her disability as being relevant to her athletic career. She says,

“I still struggle when I am called “inspirational”, it is sport at the end of the day and I am chasing the same goals and dreams as those on the Olympic side!”.

Sammi will be competing for Team Scotland in the 1500m and Marathon race at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia in April. To follow Sammi’s journey, and read the full interview visit:  https://www.christopherward.co.uk/challengerprogramme/sammi-kinghorn

In other news: Meet Allie, the founder of a company which enables wheelchair users to access British hills and mountains.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Yorkshire LTA and the Tennis Foundation are looking to engage new audiences in tennis, whatever the format may be. 

Friday 16 February 2018

If you are a community group, club or project that would like to deliver an inclusive tennis session then we can help. It could be something new or an existing session where tennis can be introduced.

  • Up to £400 financial support
  • Inclusive tennis kit bag
  • Help and advice in setting your project up
  • For projects in South and West Yorkshire

For application guidance and a list of frequently asked questions, click here

To download the application form, click here

All the information and the application form can be found here: www.yorkshiresport.org/tennisfund

If you are interested in supporting or creating an inclusive session that would involve individuals with learning disabilities then there may well be additional support available through either the Special Olympics West/South Yorkshire Networks.

Links to the application form and FAQs are above however if you would like to discuss individual project plans please feel free to contact James Cole, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, through email at james.cole@yorkshiresport.org or using by phone at 0330 20 20 280 or 07702 557008.

In other news: Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon Voucher

British Blind Sport announce National Youth Swimming Gala

Wednesday 14 February 2018

British Blind Sport are delighted to announce the National Youth Swimming Gala will take place on Saturday 5th May 2018 at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull.

Hosted by British Blind Sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, always attracting participants from across the country. Open to all abilities whether you are a beginner or competitive swimmer come and have a go! Free entry for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

In addition to the main competition, this year BBS is excited to offer one to one or small group lessons for 5 to 7 years olds delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Events

Swimming events for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle relay and medley relay 25m, 50m and 100m.

When and where

Venue: Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, Birmingham, B91 1NB
Date: Saturday 5th May 2018
Time: 2pm to 6pm

Get involved

To find out the latest information about the British Blind Sport Have a Go Days including dates, venues, sports and how to register for events, please visit the BBS Events page linked here.

Contact: Alex Pitts, Participation Officer
Email: Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk
Telephone: 01926 424 247 or 07929 356428

To register, visit the Events page of the British Blind Sport website or click here.

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Download the PDF version of the poster here: Swimming Gala Poster 2018

Download the Word document information leaflet here: BBS Swimming Gala Information Leaflet 2018

In other news: Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon Voucher

How To Coach Disabled People in Sport in Rotherham 20 March 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Due to the success of the course Active Rotherham ran in December and the subsequent demand for another course, another How to Coach Disabled People in Sport course has been booked in for March

Please find below information on a CPD course led by UK Coaching (previously SportsCoach UK).

Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium
Cost: £35 per person however there is funding to help subsidise the cost of the course for local clubs and organisations. To discuss this please get in touch with Michala Wild

Suitable for all coaches, this workshop aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants and it will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more inclusive and effective and will cover how to include disabled people in sport, selecting appropriate coaching activities and how to make your coaching more inclusive and effective

This workshop is a ‘Minimum Standard for Active Coaches’ requirement for many governing bodies of sport. The ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ are seen as the basic standard every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively.

You will receive a copy of How to Coach Disabled People in Sport workbook and a certificate of attendance.

If you are interested then please get in touch with Michala Wild as soon as possible as places are limited. Email Michala Wild at michala.wild@rotherham.gov.uk or call 01709 363 355 or 07584 174 912. Places are limited to 2 per organisations however more places may become available nearer the course date.

In other news: Check out our events page for more events that might be taking place near you

 

Freedom of the Hills

Tuesday 13 February 2018

This week’s Personal Experience Blog is brought to us by our friends at Cox Bank Publishing, a small specialist publisher focusing on writing about physical activity and sport – specifically people writing in their own words what getting active means to them.

We love this story of how the possibility of being confined to her wheelchair inspired Allie to found a company which enables wheelchair users to access British hills and mountains. You can see more at the Freedom Wizard website here.

Freedom Wizard on Latrigg in the Lake District

Sat deflated in a hospital bed, barely around from the anesthetic and I heard the words “I’m afraid, it’s bad news”. I guessed the words were intended for me and what was said following was not processed. It could have been the drugs or it could have been my powerful mind not letting me hear. The next day I was more coherent. I had no movement in my right leg after an 8-hour reconstruction surgery, but I thought that was normal. I’d had an epidural on top of the anesthetic, but as my left leg came back into order, there was no change in my right leg. I couldn’t move it or feel it at all. Then reality hit – a major risk of the surgery was damage to the nerves. I carried confidence as my left leg had already had the same surgery 12 months prior – but reality told me I’d suffered damage, and a lot of it. It was true, I had come round from surgery but my leg hadn’t.

I lay in hospital thinking and writing, writing and thinking for hours on end, day after day for weeks. On reading my words I began to see they were relatively positive. They screamed out my upbeat attitude and focussed on the ‘Now What Scenario’ – I instantly began researching how I can cope, what will I do; so rather than listing what I couldn’t do, I focussed on my outdoor sports.

The gym is my idea of hell. Despite never playing truant at school I went on to become a serial avoider of physio classes! From a young age, largely brought up in the Lake District surrounded by mountains and water, I definitely was an outdoor sporty lass.

Allie Pennington

The serenity of the fells, the stillness of the tarns, the banter in the mountaineering clubs were sounds and sights that have been my favourite from childhood until now. But then, how can someone in a wheelchair enjoy the sights in the fells and be included in the mountaineering clubs? It was difficult, believe me. Many clubs refused on insurance grounds for a wheelie to be included. The majority of routes excluded wheelies with the horror obstacle otherwise known as a stile. Camping barns and hostels are seldom accessible and tents seemed pretty much out of the question.

As you can imagine, a lot of thought processing went on and researching cost us a fortune in internet cards at the hospital. It was on day two that I realised there is very little, so I went about finding stuff and writing an action plan of where, when and how I could access sport in my chair. Motivation was key and I was determined to continue my life as an outdoors life.

And then….3 months on….my leg did something bizarre, it made me jump out of my skin! It started to move in a spasm, but soon after I was able to get some movement in my knee. I promptly returned to the surgeons who set up a daily physio session and I am proud to say I didn’t miss a single one. To witness the movement returning was amazing and I cried happy tears daily. I’m chuffed to say I have regained almost full movement in the leg but even after 18 months of no feeling I was able to walk again after training my brain to do more work.

It’s hard work to have to consciously think about moving your foot, lifting it up over rough terrain, and having to concentrate even more so after a drink or two, but I did it. My leg is working again and the wheelchair was an unnecessary aid along with the eight sets of crutches I’d ‘accrued’ over the years!

The fells were possible after about 6 months – gentle steps, and small steps over easy terrain but I got to be there again. My days of mountaineering were still a thing of the past with inadequate range to climb and lack of build to cover distances I once did with ease.

The haunting of the prospect of being confined to my chair for life never left me and never will. It’s hard not to reflect on life after a traumatic experience, so when I was looking to change my career I thought of mentoring others who are in a similar position. As a speaker, I had the gift of the gab and having run my own business, my contact list was comprehensive. However, speaking and mentoring just didn’t feel right for me but the name of Freedom Wizard had already been thought of. After weeks of making notes and journal entries I had that lightbulb moment. There it is…I’ll set up an organisation enabling access to rugged Britain…so I did! And now I can say that I’m the founder of Freedom Wizard and proud driver of a van transporting all terrain wheelchairs around the country. Within the first three months, I have given access to more than thirty adults with restricted mobility, received a minibus and an electric chair as a donation and connected many organisations that are supporting each other.

On reflection, my initial fear of being confined to a wheelchair has given rise to an opportunity to those adults who may not be as fortunate as me. The work with Freedom Wizard is rewarding and there’s so much more to be done with access and growth. The fear was harnessed and driven to the place I am now and whilst it was born out of a selfish need to meet my own intentions it has given rise to a unique organisation allowing those in chairs who crave the outdoors to enjoy it. So don’t be fearful of fear…harness its power!

Allie and Max on Latrigg

Take a look at Cox Bank Publishing to read some more wonderfully inspiring stories from disabled people, alongside stories from school children and non-disabled people.

If you want to feature on our Personal Experience Blog contact Kirsty Mulvey at kirsty.mulvey@disabilityrightsuk.org.

You’re invited to the Get Doncaster Moving Summit – 28 February 2018

Monday 12 February 2018

Are you a Doncaster club, community organisation, coach or volunteer with an interest in physical activity and sport?

The Summit is a FREE event and is your opportunity to find out about the exciting developments and opportunities to Get Doncaster Moving, and see how you can get involved. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

  • Date: 28 February 2018
  • Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: High Speed Rail College, Doncaster

You’ll have the chance to hear from Dr Rupert Suckling (Director of Public Health), Nigel Harrison (Yorkshire Sport Foundation), and Simon Wheatcroft, our local inspirational key note speaker. There will be workshops which you can attend during the course of the evening and a marketplace area for you to meet others with similar interests or to find out about other local initiatives.

Workshops available to attend are:

Communities Approach – Kathryn Mudge, Yorkshire Sport Foundation

Getting Doncaster Cycling & Walking – Clare Henry, Doncaster Public Health & Andy Maddox, Leisure Services Doncaster Council

Data & Insight – Rob Harvey, Doncaster Council

Dance – DARTS (Doncaster Community Arts) – “Find out how dance can have a positive impact on health and be an inclusive and motivating way of encouraging physical activity”

Book your FREE place

To book your place, please send an email with your name, organisation and two workshop choices to GDM@doncaster.gov.uk. Places are limited, please reply by 14th February 2018 so you don’t miss out.

In other news: Doncaster Council have developed Independent Travel Training, an initiative to offer a young person training and support to travel independently between home and school or college.

Leeds Deaf Juniors Football Club

Monday 12 February 2018

Leeds Deaf Juniors Football Club is pleased to invite you to join their session for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children

Venue: Thomas Danby Sports Centre, Leeds City College, Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS7 3BG
Facility: Outdoor astro-turf pitch (1/3 of pitch)
Time: 10am-12 noon

A different topic will be covered each session.

Dates:
Sunday 25 February – Shooting/Goalkeeping
Sunday 18 March – Developing passing
Sunday 22 April – Developing possession play
Sunday 13 May – Attacking/Defending

For more information click the image below or email or text Paul Young at paulphonak@gmail.com or 07897 484879 (texts only).

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Download the PDF here

In other news: Coaching blind footballers course to be held in Leeds

Empowering Success with Accessibility Mark

Monday 12 February 2018

Seventeen-year-old Angel Dancy-Brock has seen her confidence blossom thanks to an Accessibility Mark riding school.

Angel has a visual impairment that means she only has approximately 25 percent vision in her left eye with no vision at all in her right eye. This causes Angel to feel unsettled and anxious in unfamiliar surroundings.

In addition to her visual impairment Angel also has a multitude of hormone deficiencies, which requires lots of medication, as well as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, meaning she needs constant supervision.

As a result of her complex conditions, Angel struggles with social interaction and can find it difficult to interpret people’s body language or feelings.

Having done a little bit of horse riding in the past with an RDA group, Angel’s mum, Corrisanne wanted to try and find an option that would be better suited to Angel’s needs.

Corrisanne then discovered Radway Riding School based in Warwick, which is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, and she instantly knew it was a fantastic facility for Angel.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

Angel now enjoys a weekly 45 minute private riding lesson that has seen her riding ability improve tremendously; this has also been matched with an increase in confidence that has enabled her to try other things that she would have previously shied away from.

Angel said:

“I love riding and my instructor is brilliant, really explaining everything so that I understand what she needs me to do. I usually have my lesson on a Monday and I am already starting to get excited on Sunday!”

Riding her favourite horse, Jojo, Angel hopes to improve her riding skills further and would even like to try her hand at stable management.

Corrisanne praised the bond that the staff at Radway Riding School has developed with Angel:

“The staff are really good with Angel, they are friendly and inviting and have a good understanding of how to communicate with her. This is a skill that not everyone has so I have been really pleased and encouraged by this.”

The aim of Accessibility Mark is to work in synergy with RDA groups to provide the most productive strategy for every rider. For Angel, riding at an Accessibility Mark centre offered a more significant level of independence, having never previously ridden off the lead rein.

“Since Angel started riding at Radway, they have instilled a new found confidence in her and she trusts her instructor and the horses. Angel is being empowered to succeed, this is all down to the commitment and hard work put in by her instructor for which I am truly grateful,” added Corrisanne.

There are currently 42 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.

In other news: Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Take part in our research and receive a £15  Amazon Voucher.

Independent Travel Training in Doncaster

Monday 12 February 2018

Doncaster Council have developed Independent Travel Training, an initiative to offer a young person training and support to travel independently between home and school or college.

 

 

 

 


What is Independent Travel Training?
Independent Travel Training is a service that can offer a young person training and support if they want to learn how to travel independently between home and school or college. Travelling independently opens up social, educational and employment opportunities.

This service is provided by Doncaster Council at no charge to schools, colleges, parents or carers.

Who is Independent Travel Training for?

The training is for young people living in Doncaster who have a disability and/or learning difficulty and who attend school or college.

The programme is open to young people who meet the eligibility criteria for assisted travel to school/college.

Who can make a referral?

Parents/carers, Schools (Mainstream/Special or specialist units), Colleges, Special Educational Need and Disabilities Officers

 Training can help a Young Person gain:

  • Confidence using buses/trains
  • Road safety skills
  • The skills to travel to their school or college
  • The ability to plan and learn a route
  • The ability to handle money
  • Tips on who to ask for help
  • Personal safety skills
  • A foundation for the future

For more information contact:

Email: ITT@doncaster.gov.uk
Telephone: 01302 737214

     

In other news: If you are a Personal Health Budget holder and want to share your experiences, register your interest to take part in the survey which opens 1 March

The ‘Good Mood League’ is looking for committee members

Friday 9 February 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the committee for the ‘Good Mood League’.

The ‘Good Mood League’ is a flexible, inclusive, 11 a-side football league for teams with direct links to: NHS foundation trusts, Drug/Alcohol recovery services and homeless charities. The league is currently made up of 6 teams from various clubs and services from across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The league’s aim is to provide players with the opportunity to compete in football regardless of socio-economic or health status. Inclusive football leagues can provide players with a sense of social status, community acceptance and independence.

They are now looking to recruit a completely independent committee which can support the further development of this league. Attached are the Job descriptions for: League Chairperson, League Secretary, League Treasurer and League Welfare Officer, you can also join the committee as an ambassador.

Please do not be put off if you are not a ‘football person’ as they really want to create a broad committee by engaging people from outside of football to share alternative expertise, specifically around mental health & inclusion.

If you are interested in any of the roles please get in contact with Sam Firth, Football Development Officer (Disability) at samuel.firth@sheffieldfa.com or call 0114 2615506 or 07376 109119.

In other news: Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

Project Rugby Sessions

Friday 9 February 2018

Saracens Rugby Club are currently supporting five local rugby clubs in North London and Hertforshire in setting up disABILITY rugby at their club.

The disABILITY Rugby Sessions are for mixed abilities, Aged 16+. It is free to take part with participants and volunteers welcome to attend. The details for the sessions are as follows:

Fullerians RC – Tuesdays 18:30

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Harpenden RFC – Thursdays 18:30-19:30

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Hertford RFC – Wednesdays 17:30-18:30

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Mill Hill RFC – Thursdays 18:30-19:30

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Welwyn RFC – Thursdays 14:00-15:00

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For further information about any of the above sessions please contact Scarlett Cooper-Wall, disABILITY Officer at scarlettcooperwall@saracens.net or call 0203 675 7278 or 07972 934294.

In other news: Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

You are invited to the Sheffield City Council and Within Reach Celebration Event

Friday 9 February 2018

We would like to invite you to an event celebrating the partnership between Within Reach and Sheffield City Council, highlighting the work they have accomplished together over the last 17 Years.

The Charity Organisation Within Reach was established as ‘Our Year Too’ in 1989 just prior to the World Student Games by Mike Elliott.

Their aim is to assist more disabled people to access sport, stay in sport and fulfill their potential in the City of Sheffield.

Event: Sheffield City Council and Within Reach Celebration Event
Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Time: Arrive 9.30am  – 10.00am Depart – 2.30pm
Venue: English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA
Age: All ages welcome
Cost: Free

Most of the coaches delivering are from local clubs, so they can promote their services and allow participants to explore the wealth and variety of sports and exercise available to them. This fun packed day is open to anyone with a disability, along with their families and carers.

The day will include activities such as:

Wheelchair Basketball, Dance, Racerunning, Cricket, Athletics, Football, Bowling, Golf, Boccia, Kurling and many other activities.

To book your place or any enquiries please contact Dawn Wood or a member of the Physical Activity and Sport Team at dawnwood135@live.com or call 01142  734266.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

In other news: Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

Focus Group – Disability Rights UK Needs You

Friday 9 February 2018

Disability Rights UK, working in partnership with a major transport provider, is recruiting disabled people to take part in a focus group that will feed into the development and ongoing improvement of a major transport network.

The focus group sessions will take place on 27th February between 2pm – 5pm at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7PB. This is an important opportunity to contribute to the look and feel of a service from an accessibility and disability equality basis.

We are looking for a cross section of people and with a range of disabilities and long term health conditions – however the size of the group is limited – we aim to come back to participants with confirmation of their place by 20th February 2018.

If you would like to apply to attend please complete this form and email it to Chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org

Unfortunately we are not able pay travel expenses – but each attendee will be rewarded with a £20 Marks and Spencer’s voucher upon completion of the focus group.

In other news: Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

Vacancy: British Blind Sport are looking for a Book Keeper and an Office and Membership Administrator

Friday 9 February 2018

British Blind Sport are currently searching for a Book Keeper or Accounts Clerk one day a week and a full time Office and Membership Administrator to join their team

British Blind Sport is a national charity based in Leamington Spa who is committed to assisting blind and partially sighted people access sporting opportunities across the UK.

Full details of how to apply can be found on their website: http://britishblindsport.org.uk/about/jobs/

Book Keeper and Accounts Clerk

British Blind Sport are seeking an experienced Bookkeeper / Accounts Clerk to join their team based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience, good IT knowledge and experience of using Microsoft office package (word/excel/outlook etc), must have experience of using Xero accounts online, be reliable, very organised and have a positive working attitude.  The majority of work includes the smooth running of the charity’s finances however the successful candidate will be expected to provide office administrative support when required.

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2018

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: £12.00 to £13.80 /hour

British Blind Sport Book keeper Job Description

Office and Membership Administrator Job Description

British Blind Sport are looking for an experienced office administrator to join their team.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for the smooth running of our small, dynamic office where your professionalism, initiative and office skills will be welcomed. You will have plenty of room to be creative and we are always open to new ideas.

Closing date for applications:  25 February 2018 at 12pm

Job type: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £18,500-£21,000 p.a.

Please note interviews are likely to take place on Friday 2 March 2018.

British Blind Sport Office and Membership Administrator Job Description

In other news: Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon Voucher

Rein & Shine Seeks Sponsorship to Offer Free Equine-Assisted Learning to Autistic Children

Thursday 8 February 2018

A North Wiltshire equestrian centre is seeking sponsorship to be able to hold an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children.

Rein & Shine’s Hoof Club is running the event in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS), with the aim of benefiting the wider community on a not for profit basis.

The centre hopes to fund the event with the help of local companies with any profits being donated to the National Autistic Society.

Rein & Shine is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, with a well-respected reputation for teaching disabled riders.

Proprietor Jo McDonald

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

This unique opportunity is offering 80 autistic children in the community a chance to experience the many benefits equine-assisted learning has to offer.

The free sessions will take place at Rein & Shine’s wonderful facility near to Swindon and will last around two-hours. The sessions will consist of 30-minutes of riding and a contact and care session lasting 45-60 minutes to include basic welfare and safety.

This free service is being provided via schools as, amongst other benefits, equine assisted learning is proven to be very therapeutic and educational to those on the spectrum. Whilst supporting the children, Rein & Shine is also hoping to raise funds for National Autistic Society.

Johanna McDonald, who owns and runs Rein & Shine with husband John McDonald said: “Horses can hugely benefit children with autism and we want to give them a chance to experience this help without any associated costs.”

“I have never seen a child with learning difficulties act negatively towards a horse or even the staff on the yard. They seem to become truly engaged and absorbed around the horses and their focus is phenomenal. It helps the children forget the number of challenges they must deal with daily as they become emerged in the equine activity of riding, grooming and care. Those that are nervous around the horses seem to conquer their fear incredible quickly and we see them become more resilient and less anxious. The levels of personal growth, concentration, confidence and even teamwork improves enormously,” continued Johanna.

Rein & Shine are holding an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children

“Horses have been proven effective in creating an emotional healing bond and improving cognitive, language, motor and social skills. For many children, the bond developed with horses can help promote self-awareness in their everyday life which can give them the confidence to learn other skills outside of the equine world.”

A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone that would like to donate:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/equine-learning and companies wishing to sponsor should get in touch with Rein and Shine directly.

If you have or know of a child educated in Swindon or North Wiltshire area that may qualify for this activity you should contact their school directly and ask them to get in touch with Rein & Shine: 01666 860068 | info@reinandshine.co.uk

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 42 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.

 

New Rhythm Moves session

Thursday 8 February 2018

Rhythm Moves is hosting a new exercise class in Cambridge for adults with learning difficulties and complex needs

What is it: Mindful relaxed sitting; seated Tai Chi exercises; create your own moves; drumming and group music.
When: Mondays 10.15am-12pm
Where: Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2LD
Cost: £6 and Carers go free of charge and refreshments are included
Website: www.grey-heron.com
Contact: fara@grey-heron.com or 07919 857617

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Free – Visual Impaired Sport and Physical Activity Taster Day Liverpool

Thursday 8 February 2018

You are invited to attend a Visually Impaired physical activity and sport taster day for blind and partially sighted people aged 8+

Adapted cycling for VI people

This is an opportunity for people with sight loss to try all the activities on offer. Following the day it is hoped everyone who attends enjoys the activities so much they will choose to continue to participate in one or more of the activities.

Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Age: 8 years and above
Venue for sports hall activities: Greenbank Sports Academy
Venue for junior swimming: St Vincent’s School
Venue for adult swimming: Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson leisure centre
Online registration for the day: https://britishblindsport.wufoo.eu/forms/sb6ch270y275e8/

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If you require more information please contact George Ferguson at George.Ferguson@henshaws.org.uk, on 07970 637 687 or 0300 222 555.

In other news: Read Laura Turner’s blog about delving into the world of women’s blind football.

Personal health budget holders invited to share their experiences

Thursday 8 February 2018

If you are a Personal Health Budget holder and want to share your experiences, register your interest below: survey opens 1st March

People who are currently in receipt of a personal health budget or integrated personal budget (combining health and social care funding) are invited to share their experiences of a personal health budget in a survey being run by NHS England. Opening on the 1st March 2018 until 31st April, all survey responses will be anonymised and used to help improve how personal health budgets are offered in England.

The survey is being run on behalf of NHS England by an organisation called Quality Health. They have over 30 years’ experience of running NHS surveys and have the necessary data protection and data security accreditation.

Please register your interest or share the link below with people who would be interested in taking part in this survey:
www.myonlinesurvey.co.uk/phbsurvey

In other news: Take part in Get Yourself Active research and receive a £15 Amazon voucher

Coaching Blind Footballers Course to be held in Leeds

Thursday 8 February 2018

A Coaching Blind Footballers Course is being held at Middleton Leisure Centre in Leeds on Saturday 10th March 2018, 9:30am-5pm

Laura Turner playing Blind Football

 

If you or somebody you know is interested in attending, the course costs £35 and covers both theory and practical elements. By the end of the workshop each participant should be able to meet the following outcomes:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the game in the context of the FA’s LTPD model
  • Apply and extend existing coaching skills and experience to meet the needs of blind footballers
  • Establish effective communication skills when coaching blind footballers
  • Identify appropriate and safe methods of supporting and working with blind footballers
  • Recognise the need to deliver relevant coaching sessions to effectively meet the developmental needs of the blind footballer
  • Gain an understanding of the different components of the game
  • Understand the characteristics blind footballers require to perform at a performance level of the game
  • Recognise the Player Pathway and competition structure available for blind footballers.

Please follow this link to find more information on the Coaching Blind Footballers course https://eventspace.thefa.com/westridingfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=230043#regform

If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact Colan Leung, Disability Football Development Officer, West Riding County Football Association at colan.leung@westridingfa.com or Tel: 0113 282 1222 (Option 3) or Mob: 07540 127683.

Like what you read? Read Laura’s blog as she delves into the world of women’s blind football.

CP Sport wants you to join then at their fun-filled events

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Over the next few months, CP Sport want you to join them at their upcoming events.

Racerunning taster event

17 February 2018

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.

Find out more

Discover disability gymnastics

10 and 17 March 2018

Discover disability gymnastics taster day: We are working in partnership with British Gymnastics and Limbpower to deliver two disability gymnastics taster days. The days will give you the opportunity to experience gymnastics and meet new people.

Find out more

Frame Football Development event

18 March 2018

The days provide the Frame Football Strategic Group along with players, coaches and parents with the opportunity to develop the rules, equipment and coach CPD involved with developing further the beautiful game.

Find out more

 

 

National Swimming Championships

25 March 2018

The National Swimming Championships 2018 take place Sunday 25th March 2018 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham.

The 2018  National Swimming Championships are kindly sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and we thank them for their kind support.

Find out more

 

 

CP Sport Athletics Series – Kingston upon Thames

07-08 April 2018

The first of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics Series for 2018 will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 for track, field and RaceRunning athletes. The event is being organised in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport, Kingston Athletics Club & Polytechnic Harriers and Surrey County Athletics Association.

Find out more

 

 

In other news: Read Danny’s blog, ‘Being physically active has given me back a life worth living

Achieving Inner Greatness with Accessibility Mark

Tuesday 6 February 2018

At the end of 2017, Hall Place Equestrian Centre based in Reading gained its Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Hall Place was delighted to receive this recognition.  Riders with special behavioural and physical needs have been riding at the centre for over 35 years and the Tilehurst RDA Group ride at Hall Place weekly.

The instructors are enthusiastic and dedicated with great client empathy – Kate Turner, Head Coach, and Ruth Chance, Assistant Coach have 25 years of experience between them and are complimented by the Hall Place team of instructors and yard staff who tailor training to rider needs.

Hall Place Livery Owner, Lindsey Stevens said: “Every child has an inner greatness and finding that greatness is one amazing adventure! Daisy, one of our riders was born at 24 weeks weighing just 1lb3oz and amongst many other diagnoses Daisy has Autism.  She faces many difficulties daily but what makes her smile, what makes her flourish and beam with confidence, what makes her concentrate and access learning with a different approach – horses!”

Katherine Cooksley, Grade III para-dressage rider, trained at Hall Place as a child and went on to be part of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme podium potential squad.

“When I was 21 months old I got Pneumococcal Meningitis with Septicaemia, which caused a hemiplegia resulting in significant left sided weakness. In addition, I had to have amputations to my middle three fingers on both hands and have impaired hearing and loss of binocular vision.

“I started riding at the age of four as a form of therapy, because I was very weak through my left side and needed to build strength in my body. I rode at a private stables and I went around the countryside on the end of a lead rein. After about two years I decided I wanted more of a challenge, so I moved to a local riding school, Hall Place, where I was able to ride in group lessons off the lead rein, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Over the next couple of years I managed to move up groups and discovered jumping.

“This was great fun and, having no fear, I went into the jumps very fast which had my instructors worrying. My favourite pony at this riding school was Dexter who was the cheekiest, most mischievous pony going, and best of all he liked going just as fast as me. I learnt to love horses during this period and it became clear they were going to be part of my future.”

Last summer Sarah Kelly’s daughter Georgia was joined by her friends for a Hall Place Pony Party after some one-to-one riding lessons: “My little girl has various special needs, including hypermobility and visual impairment but nothing has held her back from falling in love with a pony!

“Thank you KJ and Ruth for being so lovely and patient!  I cannot praise Hall Place enough for giving my little girl the opportunity to learn to love horses. Without their knowledge, patience and expertise I very much doubt I would have seen such a beautiful sight and the biggest smile ever!”

To find out more about riding at Hall Place contact reception 0118 9426938 or visit www.hallplaceequestriancentre.co.uk.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 42 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.

In other news: Paid opportunity: Recruitment for smart home technology research for Citizens Advice

Paid opportunity: Recruitment for smart home technology research for Citizens Advice

Monday 5 February 2018

Citizens Advice have commissioned OPM Group to conduct research with a range of people to understand their knowledge, perceptions and needs around Smart Home technologies.

As part of the research, OPM want to understand what people see as the benefits and risks of these technologies and what protections they would hope/expect to be in place. This research will help to inform the work of Citizens Advice in developing/advocating for a consumer-focused framework for the wider introduction of such smart technologies in the future. CAB have done considerable work regarding the smart meter roll-out, and how that affects vulnerable groups, and are now exploring other smart technologies beyond the smart meter. You can have a look at one of their reports here.

As independent researchers, it is particularly important to them that they get as many views as possible, which is why they are reaching out to you to collaborate in delivering a research workshop. People with physical or sensory disabilities who live in their own homes are likely to be an important target group for smart home technology providers, so we think this is an excellent opportunity to give them a voice into the matter. The workshop is designed to ease people into the information and will be discussion based. It aims to enhance participants’ knowledge of new and existing smart home technologies, and allow for discussion of the benefits and concerns that participants feel are attached to these products covering topics including: usability, data and privacy and interoperability (how the technology should work together) and what they think would (and what they think should) happen when something goes wrong.

The workshops will last no longer than 3 hours and should be very informative and a lot of fun. They will even have some examples of smart tech with them – including a smart kettle!  They will be able to compensate you for your support in hosting the workshop and helping them recruit participants. They also have financial incentives for the participants themselves.

Please get in touch with Viviana Mustata at VMustata@opm.co.uk or 0207 239 7833 if you may be able to help them or if you have any further questions.

Please note that the workshops will be taking place in London.

In other news: CQC Tell Us About Your Care project extended

 

You are invited to Sporting Saturday in Peterborough

Monday 5 February 2018

On Saturday February 24th Inspire Peterborough, Disability Peterborough, The Mobility Aids Centre, Amilly Fitness, Oak Activities and friends are taking over the Peterborough Cresset for the biggest disability sporting event Peterborough has ever seen! Better yet, it’s 100% FREE.

Whether you’re coming to meet the Mayor, get disability advice, the chance to win Olympic-style medals or try our many sports activities you’ll be in awe at the many things available to you.

Did we mention that we’re holding a raffle on the day that could see you walking away with include a BRAND NEW SPORTS BIKE, a signed Manchester United football shirt, Peterborough United football goodies and some amazing prizes for Peterborough, Hampton’s Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.

The details

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018

Time: 11am to 4pm

Tickets: Book for free here https://bookwhen.com/sportingsaturday

Who Can Come?: EVERYBODY! This is an all-inclusive event

Have We Done This Before?: This will be our 5th and BIGGEST Sporting Saturday

Will you be back?: We have already secured a date for Sporting Saturday 2019, but we want you to enjoy 2018’s first.

Will there be medals?: We will be playing an Olympic-Style ‘Bingo’ with sports/activities to secure a medal to take home with you.

Will there be prizes and goodies?: See below

Media Goodies: OnTrack Magazine will have several hundred copies available for you to take for free.

The Raffle

  • A signed/autographed Premier League Manchester United jersey/kit/shirt. WOW!
  • £250 Serpentine Green Vouchers – These can spent where and how you want in the centre
  • A brand new bike
  • A signed and boxed Peterborough United shirt
  • Football signed by Peterborough United Football Club
  • X2 tickets to any Peterborough United match
  • Family ticket for a selected Peterborough United match
  • 4 tickets to The Cresset’s March Comedy Night, with a meal in their restaurant/pub included
  • A family meal at Sub Xpress in Serpentine Green- Up to the value of £50

Activities, Sports & Games

Archery, Darts, Cricket, Basketball, Football, Rowing, Gym, Special Olympics, Boccia, Seated Exercise, Sledge Hockey, Live Video Link Sports, Dance, Zumba, Boxing, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Invictus Bowmen and much, much more.

VIPs and Special Guests

The Mayor of Peterborough, Gillian Beasley, Fiona Onasanya, John Holdich, Megan Horner-Smith, athlete Alice Mason, a Mermaid (yes you did read this correctly) and others to be revealed soon.

Stay tuned to the Inspire Peterborough Facebook page for information in the build up to this amazing event. We’ll let you know of all the changes, additions and must-know news. Everyone is welcome and the event is to showcase the wealth of inclusive and disability sport available in Peterborough for people with disabilities, their families and carers.

WE WILL SEE YOU ON FEBRUARY 24TH!

 

In other news: Read Danny’s story, ‘Being physically active has given me back a life worth living’

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Coaching Bursary Application Process is still open until Friday 16 February

Friday 2 February 2018

Yorkshire Sport Foundation has opened a new bursary for those wanting to get into coaching in 2018.

The coaching bursary is open to anyone living and coaching within South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire and applicants can apply for £100 towards the cost of their qualification. Qualifications can be anything up to and including a level 2. All recipients should be either adding capacity to existing sessions or creating new sessions.

All applications should be completed through this link: https://yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk/forms/view/bursary.

If you require a paper copy please get in touch with James Cole, Development Officer at james.cole@yorkshiresport.org or 0330 20 20 280.

The closing date for applications is Friday 16 February. Following the closing date all successful applicants will be notified and payment will be made upon booking confirmation for the relevant course, this should be completed by 31 May 2018. All qualifications should be completed by March 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Becca Gallagher – rebecca.gallagher@yorkshiresport.org or 0330 20 20 280

IN OTHER NEWS: READ DANNY’S BLOG, ‘BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE HAS GIVEN ME BACK A LIFE WORTH LIVING

New Turn Up and Play Centre opens in Leeds for disabled females under the age of 16

Friday 2 February 2018

West Riding County FA in partnership with Leeds United Foundation are running a new Turn Up and Play Centre for disabled females under the age of 16.

The turn up centre will create new opportunities for women with a disability to get involved with football as there is currently no provision for this in the West Riding area.

Sessions will take place 3:30pm-4:30pm at West Riding County Football Association, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX on the following dates:

Free of charge:

Friday 9th  March
Friday 16th March

£3 per session:

Friday 23 March
Friday 30 March
Friday 6 April
Friday 13 April
Friday 20 April
Friday 27 April.

Players need to fill out the Player Registration Form and Diversity Monitoring Form and bring them along to their first session or email themto Colan Leung at colan.leung@westridingfa.com. If you have any other questions please contact Colan.

Players who attend both FREE sessions will receive 2 x FREE Leeds United Tickets. Free tea and coffee will be available to everyone.

IN OTHER NEWS: READ DANNY’S BLOG, ‘BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE HAS GIVEN ME BACK A LIFE WORTH LIVING

New Turn Up and Play Centre opens in Leeds

Friday 2 February 2018

West Riding County FA in partnership with Leeds United Foundation are running a new Turn Up and Play Centre for disabled females over the age of 16.

The turn up centre will create new opportunities for women with a disability to get involved with football as there is currently no provision for this in the West Riding area.

Sessions will take place 1pm-2pm at West Riding County Football Association, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX on the following dates:

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Free of charge:

Friday 9th  March
Friday 16th March

£3 per session:

Friday 23 March
Friday 30 March
Friday 6 April
Friday 13 April
Friday 20 April
Friday 27 April.

Players need to fill out the Player Registration Form and Diversity Monitoring Form and bring them along to their first session or email themto Colan Leung at colan.leung@westridingfa.com. If you have any other questions please contact Colan.

Players who attend both FREE sessions will receive 2 x FREE Leeds United Tickets. Free tea and coffee will be available to everyone.

In other news: Read Danny’s blog, ‘Being physically active has given me back a life worth living

 

Nottingham RaceRunning Taster Sessions

Friday 2 February 2018

RaceRunning is a sport being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport in England.

If you rely on sports aids for mobility and balance this activity is for you

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When: Saturdays 3rd, 10th and 17th February

Time:  10am–12pm

Venue: David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham Beeston Lane, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Cost: Each session costs £5 per person, places limited to 10 at each session.

The sessions are suitable for all levels of ability, children and adults with cerebral palsy or a physical disability.

For registration and other information
visit http://www.cpsport.org/events/

In other news: Read Danny’s blog, ‘Being physically active has given me back a life worth living

New – Female adult disability football sessions

Thursday 1 February 2018

We are pleased to confirm that in Staffordshire there will now be 2x Female Adult Disability football sessions taking place across the county for ladies aged 16+ with a disability to take part in fun football activities/ games.

Over the last few years disability football in Staffordshire has continued to grow with there now being opportunities for both adults and youth players to take part in a range of mixed football activities across the county from recreational football and grassroots through to the disability talent pathway. However although we have a number of females taking part in mixed sessions, we are now looking to develop female only opportunities starting with Turn Up & Play sessions with an aim of creating female only teams for those that wish to take part in friendly and competitive matches in the near future.

Please see below details regarding new sessions starting soon:

  • Port Vale Ladies

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Start Date Thursday 15th February 2018
Day Thursdays
Times 6.15pm-7.15pm
Venue Port Vale FC Academy Sports Hall, ST6 1AW (Indoor)
Cost £2.50
Contact PVFC Foundation Trust 01782 757066
Further Information Please see the flyer below for further details regarding the session

 

  • Whych Ladies

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Start Date Monday 5th February 2018
Day Mondays
Times 5.30pm till 6pm Ladies Only, 6pm till 7pm Mixed
Venue Stafford College Sports Hall, ST16 2QR (Indoor)
Cost £2.50
Contact Debbie Kent 07387200956          Further Information Please see attached flyer for further details regarding the session

 

If you have any questions regarding the above sessions, please contact Gemma Turner, Football Development Officer (Disability) on 01785 279828 (Ext 208) or Mobile: 07495678661 or email Gemma.Turner@StaffordshireFA.com. Alternatively get in touch with the relevant contact for each session on the flyer.

Web: www.StaffordshireFA.com.

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