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.
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.
Approximately 2 hours
London – Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Birmingham – University of Birmingham
Leicester – LCiL, West End Neighborhood Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA
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.org. Phone: 0203 687 0781
We would love to hear from you, please get in touch!!
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
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.
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!”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or using by phone at 0330 20 20 280 or 07702 557008.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.