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parkrun UK teaming up with disability organisations will be great as well

Friday 22 June 2018

By Iyiola Olafimiyan

parkrun are doing great things across the world and in the UK. Evidence shows their well-run weekend activities in parks across the country have benefited many people – including disabled people.

Runners at parkrun

The organisation is teaming up with royal college of GPs and getting GP surgeries to encourage their patients, staff and carers to get active. This is a positive development and, as this article highlights, will save the NHS loads of money.

However, running and other physical activities bring more than just medical or wellbeing benefits to disabled people.

Whilst the good people at parkrun are doing great things getting more people running in parks across the country, it would be good if they could start forming alliances with projects and organisations that embed their practices in the social model of disability and equality.

‘Disability’ from the social model perspective is about an activity or environment that has been planned without involving disabled people.

We at GYA endorse this partnership with the GPs and the Royal College and indeed many disabled people will often visit their surgeries as patients. However, developing partnerships with organisations that speak up for disabled people and linking them in a 3 way relationship with GPs will have an impact that goes far beyond just organising events in parks.

The partnership will benefit everyone. Doctors and other health related professionals will understand the importance of listening to disabled people and not just making assumptions. Volunteers and organisers of park runs will understand that different impairment groups have different access needs and work with their organisations to offer practical solutions to these needs.

Finally, disabled people themselves will feel empowered and valued. They will not necessarily view themselves as patients who are always sick, but ordinary citizens who value the health and wellbeing benefits of being part of a community of active people in their local parks.

In other news: Disability Rights UK’s challenge to the tech industry- how tech can get more disabled people moving!

UKSA announce British Team heading to Paris for first Inas European Summer Games

Friday 8th of June

Britain’s best athletes cross the channel in July to take on some of the World’s best at the inaugural Inas Summer Games as part of the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Great Britain Team.  

UKSA is proud to announce its athletics, cycling and swimming Teams, with further announcements in Tennis, in collaboration with the Tennis Foundation to follow. 

British representation spans the 4 sports of athletics, cycling, tennis and swimming and includes previous internationals Declan Manning and Nathan Fleetwood as well as six others making their GB international debuts for UKSA.

Supported by a dedicated team of coaching professionals, expectations are high as athletes continue to prepare to demonstrate their sporting prowess.

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association comments  “We really have seen some excellent performances from the British Team already” comments

“We set competitive standards for the event and this has without a doubt shown that British athletes are ready to rise the challenges that this performance environment will throw at them”.

“The Inas Summer Games will be challenging, but we have selected a Team of strong talented athletes who are ready to do the job. We have a dedicated group of coaches supporting the Team and I am delighted that one of those coaches is a former Paralympian who started his career as an Inas competitor. Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on their selection to the UKSA GB Team.”

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.

Hosted by Fédération Française du Sport Adapté on behalf of Inas Europe, the Inas Summer Games will take place in Paris, France from 14 July to 22 July 2018.  With 9 sports in contention, it is expected that over 1000 participants will take part.

The Championships will incorporate the Inas European Championships in Athletics and Swimming and the Inas World Championships in Cycling and Tennis.

In other news DR UK  is now recruiting runners for the Great North Run 2018

Great North Run Half Marathon 2018- Run for Disability Rights UK

Tuesday 5 June 2018

DR UK is now recruiting runners for the Great North Run 2018 and we need you! Taking place on the 9th September 2018, it’s officially the world’s biggest half marathon!

Are you eager to make a difference? Ready to make a change for the people with disabilities across to UK?

We are devoted to campaigning to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights and you can help us to raise money to support the work we do. The money that you raise goes straight back into the work the charity does in supporting disabled people across the UK. We receive no government funding for our core work so the money raised really does make a difference!

Join #teamDRUK and apply to take part in the half marathon today!

If you would like to apply, please email chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org to request an application form- final deadline for applications is 29th June 2018.

REGISTRATION FEE: £50 *fully refunded if you reach minimum target or over*
MINIMUM TARGET: £300

In other news: For more information about Disability Rights UK and our partners please go to this web page.

Get yourself volunteering

Friday 1 June 2018

It is Volunteers Week’ folks and Get Yourself Active (GYA)’s long term volunteer, Iyiola shares his experience so far volunteering at GYA.

“Volunteering for me is about making connections, updating and acquiring new skills and getting up and physically travelling out to make a difference”

In my last blog about volunteering, I mentioned I started a part time role that keeps me busy two and a half days a week. But I continued volunteering because I just don’t want to sit around doing nothing for the rest of the week.

I have been volunteering at GYA for close to 16 months – wow! Time does fly and it is incredible to see the massive changes that have occurred since I joined the team. The GYA project was so successful Sport England decided to extend their investment further, meaning I get to continue volunteering and enjoying working with the team. The GYA project has a new team member who now does a lot of the communication stuff, L-Boss is off on maternity leave leaving K-boss temporarily in charge.

In my sixteen months as a volunteer I have seen the team move from East Road to Disability Rights UKs (DRUK) new office at Stratford. It means it takes me more time to get to the new office, but my travel is covered by the project as well as lunch. I miss the old office though; I miss the chap at reception who I got on well with, we both use to discuss old politics and the weather, for a non-African and he was very good at pronouncing my name accurately! I also miss the occasional old Arsenal versus Spurs banter with a particular chap who worked for another organisation at the old office, but thankfully we moved before the season ended as he would have had a lot of fun having one over me since Spurs ended the season better than Arsenal. Finally, I miss the full house we use to have there, in the new DRUK office staff often work from home because of the new modern way of hotdesking which means everyone cannot be in the office at the same time.

So, the new office and my take on it. It’s a cool place. Hotdesking reduces costs for DR UK and you are in this very accessible space (I say accessible tongue in cheek because accessibility means different things to different impairment groups) where different organisations and companies co-exist together. There are long large corridors and the view of the carnal is stunning. You are in a sort of modern tech town and lots of fancy stuff surrounding you – it’s good that a disability organisation exists there though because it keeps DR UK in touch with current trends in the tech world. It also gives these new tech organisations and their staff an opportunity to engage with a disabled people’s user led organisation and see disability from a more positive perspective.

In addition to what I normally do I participated in a research project that GYA is running with the University of Birmingham on inclusive and accessible information for disabled people who might want to be more active.  This involved attending a focus group where participants assessed and advised the research lead about the information they were developing for Public Health England. I enjoyed the experience and felt I was part of a noble cause that will make information about exercise and physical activities more accessible to disabled people. I also transcribed for Kate on the Get Out Get Active project. I listened to (felt like eavesdropping to people having a conversation!) her group of mentees  giving feedback on their experiences about being mentored to participate in sport. The experience honed my listening skills and possibly made me more patient!

In conclusion I see myself volunteering for a long time here at GYA, possibly till the end of the project unless my time is fully taken up by my other activities or if I start working full time. I enjoy volunteering and have been doing it since the 1990s. I understand not every disabled person can physically go out and volunteer like me, however if it’s possible everyone should volunteer one way or the other. Many charities (including some user-led organisations) now encourage remote volunteering (volunteering from home online) and I will encourage our readers whether disabled or not to volunteer in any way they can. The world needs your lived experience and skills and you can mentor or inspire someone too, it’s about being active folks and about getting yourself volunteering.

Happy Volunteers Week!

In other news: Nice blog post Iyiola! For more blogs from him click here

Turn Up and Play Centre for Females OVER 16 Years Old with a Disability

Friday 18 May 2018

The Turn Up and Play Centre aims to give females with a disability the opportunity to play sport in a safe, supportive and tailored environment

Dates for the next sessions are:

  • Friday 25th May
  • Friday 1st June
  • Friday 8th June
  • Friday 15th June
  • Friday 22nd June
  • Friday 29th June

Venue = West Riding County Football Association, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX

Time = 1pm-2pm

Cost = £3 per session

To participate send an email Colan.Leung@westridingfa.com to request for registration and diversity forms.

In other news apply for special Olympic coach bursary scheme

Special Olympic Coach Bursary Scheme is now open

Friday 18 May 2018

The second round of Special Olympic Coach Bursary Scheme is now open until the 11th June.

 

 

The bursary is for £100.00 towards the cost of a level 1 or 2 Coaching Qualification and recipients will need to enhance current Special Olympic Provision within South/West Yorkshire or create new provision (with the support of the Network in either South/West Yorkshire).

The application form can be found here: https://yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk/forms/view/socoachbursary

Wheels for All Black Country inclusive cycling tryout day

Friday 11 May 2018

Wheels for All are pleased to announce there will be a try out day at Aldersley Stadium on Wednesday 6th June 2018

 

Come and enjoy inclusive cycling activities for all the family
regardless of ability. Try out a wide range of adapted cycles at Aldersley Stadium.

Come along as a group or an individual – all welcome.
Help bring regular inclusive cycling to Wolverhampton.

When and where

Date: Wednesday 6th June 10am TO 4:30pm

Venue: Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton, WV6 9NW

Further details please contact Ian Tierney on 01925 234213
or email on ian.tierney@cycling.org.uk

In other news London vi sport and physical activity day

 

London VI Sport and Physical Activity Day

Friday 11 May 2018

FREE sports taster event in London for people with a visual impairment

Come along and enjoy an action packed inclusive day of tennis, zumba, football, goalball, climbing, cricket, gymnastics and much more!

This event is open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 8 and over, including friends and family ,sports fanatics or people just getting started. It’s fun for all ages, with a different activity timetables for children and adults on the day as well as gentle activities for those who want to take a slower pace.

The event organised by British Blind Sport, London Vision, Illuminate Fitness, the Royal Society for Blind Children and London Sport  will take place at Westway Sports Centre, London on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 10.30am to 4pm.

When and Where

Date: Saturday 7th July, 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Westway Sports Centre, London W10 6RP

 Get Involved!

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

Register online for the London VI Sport and Physical Activity Day

In other news Goalball uk unches national schools- competition programme

 

 

Bradford City Disability FC Ladies Team Reach the FA People’s Cup 2018 Final

Friday 4 May 2018

Bradford City Disability FC, a ladies team formed less than six months ago, reached The FA People’s Cup 2018 Final thanks to Grow the Game funding.

Grow the Game, an annual grant scheme financed by The FA and delivered via the Football Foundation, offers grassroots football clubs wishing to create new teams with an opportunity to apply for funding. Following a successful application in September 2017, Bradford City Disability FC was formed of seven grassroots footballers, four of whom had never played the sport previously.

The team entered into the Adult Female Disability category and began their campaign at one of the 250 first-round venues in February. The team progressed to the regional semi-finals, before reaching the final round of the competition at St George’s Park last weekend [Saturday 28 April]. There, they faced some of the best female disability teams in the country and made it through to the Final, eventually finishing runners-up to three-time champions Aston Villa Ladies Disability FC.

Gemma Rose Fletcher, Bradford City Disability FC goalkeeper, said:

“Bradford City Disability FC has changed my life for the better! I didn’t really know many people with disabilities until I met the team and coaches when I started attending training. We train once a week and all have a laugh with each other, and I have made many new friends through the club.

“Having started by playing in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League just a few months ago, it was one of the best experiences of my life to reach The FA People’s Cup Final. It felt like a dream and I’m so proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time.”

Paul Jubb, Bradford City Disability FC Head Coach, said:

“I can’t believe we reached The FA People’s Cup Final. I’d like to thank The FA and the Football Foundation for the Grow the Game grant, which we put towards FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, and general kit and equipment.

“The ladies have really benefited from being a part of the team, not only through improvements in their physical health, but also thanks to their new friendships. We are now looking to carry this momentum with some of the younger girls’ teams so that we can emulate this success.”

Since it was launched in 2010, Grow the Game has supported:

  • 14,462 new teams
  • 58,005 female footballers supported
  • 152,187 male footballers supported
  • 10,527 male disability footballers supported
  • 2,488 female disability footballers supported
  • 44,674 coaching qualifications gained

This year’s edition of The FA People’s Cup, which was run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired, saw over 45,000 players take part across 18 different categories.

To learn more about Grow the Game, please visit the Football Foundation website.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Everett, The Football Association: tom.everett@thefa.com / 07976 768520

Adam Charman, The Football Foundation: adam.charman@footballfoundation.org.uk / 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4274

Paul Jubb, Bradford City Disability FC: pjubb1964@gmail.com / 07845 568 226

In other news: We revisit the latest stage of Laura Turner’s physical activity adventures, as she delves into the world of women’s Blind football

 

Re-creating London Marathon 2018 by Iyiola Olafimihan

Friday 20th April 2018

Iyiola is a volunteer on the Get Yourself Active project and here shares his plans on this Sunday London Marathon

I have always wanted to participate in the annual London marathon and this year a group of us wheelchair users are joining in on the fun.

However, we will not be taking the usual routes through the streets of London like the other participants. We plan to do our own version of the marathon by wheeling round a popular huge park near my house.

You may want to ask, why the park? Why not join the thousands of people on the streets of London and become famous! Well, the answer to that is we have never done this before and we wanted to start in a familiar environment. Some of my friends also prefer to start small because they said they don’t have the confidence yet to hand cycle on the streets. We know adequate provision must have been made by the organisers to make the event inclusive but when you have never done it before, I suppose getting yourself active to identify with others in the park is the next best thing to the real thing.

So, I have called up my non-disabled friends and family to join us this Sunday to organise our own London marathon in a park! For me and my friends it will be the first time to participate in an organised event that will keep us active and identify with an international event taking place in our great city. We are not raising funds for any charities (maybe next year if the group are up for it we may) but just doing our thing instead of sitting at home watching others on TV.

We are a bit disorganised this year but if we enjoy it we might just plan 2019 to be better. We might even take to the streets and join others to get active and raise funds for whatever or whoever we want to raise funds for – it could even be to draw attention to an issue if permitted by the organisers.

London marathon in a park, why not? It’s all about getting yourself active.

The London Marathon will be shown on BBC 1 on Sunday 22 April from 8:30am

In other news: Good luck to Anthony and all the other runners taking part in the London Marathon this Sunday.

Disability and sport call for evidence

Friday 13 April 2018

 

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has issued a call for evidence about disability and sport – in a bid to get people moving more on a daily basis.

The call – under the banner of the ‘West Midlands on the Move’ physical activity strategy – aims to ignite a social movement across the region with the long-term aim of making physical activity the norm.

It demonstrates the combined authority’s commitment to reducing the region’s current levels of physical inactivity and inequalities and harnessing the potential of physical activity to improve people’s quality of life.

The WMCA physical activity team is collaborating with disability and sport special interest organisations to understand what is needed to improve the life chances of disabled people in the West Midlands.

Ultimately the aim is to become an exemplar region for numbers of physically active disabled people.

The WMCA Disability and Physical Activity working group aims to produce a report for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor by July 2018, setting out recommendations on what is needed to achieve this ambition.

Physical activity strategic lead Simon Hall said:  “We know there is lots of good and promising practice in the region, but 30% of adults in the West Midlands are still physically inactive along with 48.9% of disabled adults.

“As well as collating good practice and gaining invaluable insight from disabled people, we are launching a Disability and Physical Activity Call for Evidence to inform how we tackle this issue.”

More information from Sue Parker on 0121 214 7802 / 07917 456866 / sue.parker@wmca.org.uk

In Other News: We have six partner organisations across England, including Disability Centre for Sheffield Independent Living.

 

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course

Thursday 12th April

After a very successful FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course with Bradford City FC Community Foundation West Riding County FA will be offering another FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course in West Riding.

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course will be taking place at West Riding County FA so we wanted to share this with you in case you or somebody you know may be interested in attending.
The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football is the first step for any new manager/coach on the FA Coaching Pathway. This course includes the FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.All workshops are scheduled between 10am and 2pm. The duration of each workshop is scheduled to be 4 hours.

Through the completion of the learning programme for this qualification, learners will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and receiving individual football coaching sessions. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed through this qualification will enable learners to create safe, fun and engaging coaching sessions.

Throughout the course, and in particular during  you will be introduced to:

  • The England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player
  • The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help you gain a better understanding of the long-term development of your players as a whole person
  • The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping you to construct appropriate practices and sessions for your players
  • A series of practical coaching ideas, giving you the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help your players develop
  • Practical coaching opportunities both on the course and where possible with your own players and teams

For more information on The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course please click on this link.

Alternatively if you do have any questions or queries then please contact Arran Williams at: Arran.Williams@westridingfa.com

In other news: Young players with disabilities are required for  the England Talent Day on sunday 6th may

 The 42nd Metro ‘Athletics Open’ will be held at Mile End Stadium in London on Saturday 16th June.

Tuesday 12th April

Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, supported by the Carmen Butler-Charteris Trust, Olympus, Professional UK and the Roden Family Foundation.

Metro Blind Sport’s 2017 Athletics Open held at Mile End Stadium. Long jump. Rebecca Blakey
Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography for Metro Blind Sport
Date: June 17, 2017

Metro Blind Sport welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘42nd year! 

The morning Come and Try Coaching Session will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by Qualified Coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The 2018 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages.  The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.  Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.  Every competitor will receive a free T-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate.  Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers.  *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

 

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).

  • Athletes aged Under 12, 14 or 17 may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of five events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • Electronic timing will be used on all track races.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.
  • Photos: A gallery of high resolution photo’s will be available in the week after this event. We will share a link with you where you can view and select, following a donation of your chosing, the photos you would like to keep. Please take note of the number/s and send these to wynne@metroblindsport.org. Saul will setup an individual WeTransfer link (available for 7 days only) for you to download the Digital High Res Photo/s you have chosen to your pc. Photo requests are on a first come, first serve basis only and will be processed when time allows. Donations can be made via the website donate button http://bit.ly/MBSDonatePage

In order for as many events as possible to take place, it may be necessary to merge sight categories thereby ensuring the maximum number of individual ‘event requests’ are met. We recognise this could lead to a miss-match in functional sight levels, however our aim with the ‘Open’ is to always offer the widest range of opportunities for athletes to compete. We view this as a preferable option to cancelling events with low numbers.    

 

To Enter: Please complete and return this entry form by email to roy.smith@metroblindsport.org

 

The closing date for Entries is Friday 01st June 2018, if you require Accommodation the closing date is 31st March 2018.

 

Accommodation:  This will be available on Friday and Saturday night (15th and 16th) at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18 – a separate form is available please email roy.smith@metroblindsport.org

 

EVENT DETAILS

To be held:

Mile End Stadium,

Rhodeswell Road,

London,

E14 7TW

Tel no. 020 8980 1885

       

Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

 

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 asap.    

 

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  

 

Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2018) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)

60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

 

Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2018) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)

100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

 

Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2018) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)

100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

 

Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin

 

Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35)

100m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Shot

 

Entry: FREE including pack lunch, T-shirt, Medals/Performance Certificate.  

In other news:Junior Para Swimmers splash out in Southampton this weekend

Junior Para Swimmers splash out in Southampton this weekend

Tuesday 10th April 2018

This weekend (14-15 April 2018) will see over 100 young swimming hopefuls from across the country take part in the National Junior Para Swimming Championships. It will be the first time Southampton has hosted the event.

Photo credit: Cerebral Palsy Sport

Organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and supported by Swim England, the unique partnership aim is to increase opportunities and talent development for young disabled swimmers.

The event will see swimmers aged 10-16 years old compete in the short course event, comprising; 50m and 100m Freestyle, 50m and 100m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 150m and 200m Individual Medley and 50m and 100m Butterfly.

Emily-Jane Surgeoner, 11, who is competing as an S9, SB9 and SM9 para-swimmer, said:

“I have been training really hard for this event. I’m looking forward to seeing if all my training is making a difference. Most importantly I just want to swim well, my goal is to make a number of qualifying times so that I can swim at my first British Para International Swim Meet at the end of May. Of course, my other goal is to have improved on my overall times too.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“For many swimmers here this weekend it will be their first national competition experience. This is testament to the amount of work delivered at grassroots level to introduce new swimmers and grow participation. We’re proud to be bringing the event to the South coast this year- our thanks go to Swim England, SOS, Southampton City Council and Active Nation for their support.”

 

Spectators will be able to buy tickets at the venue on the day. Details are as follows:

Event: National Junior Para-Swimming Championships 2018

Venue: The Quays, 27 Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO15 1BA

Dates: Saturday 14 April – Sunday 15 April 2018

Saturday: Session one, race starts at 9am. Session two, race starts at 2pm

Sunday: Session three, race starts at 9am

 

Start lists and results will be available online. Follow the event conversation with the hashtag #JuniorParaSwim18.

For further information, please contact:

  • Jannine Walker, National Events Manager. Email: Jannine  Mobile: 07725 273158
  • Laila Issa, Communications Advisor. Email Laila  Mobile: 07794 525034

In other news:The England Talent Day for players with a disability will be held on Sunday 6th May 2018

Personal Experiences: What we’re looking for…

At Get Yourself Active we love it when people with disabilities share their personal experiences of getting active with the wider world. We have a section on our website that has an inspiring range of blog posts of people doing just that.

Some of our blog posts come from countries outside England including from Sue Kent from Wales who is featured in this photo canoeing.

 So if you have a disability or long term health condition and would like to add your own story please look at the following guidelines and do get in touch.

There are many different ways for people with disabilities to get active including ice skating. This can be done either independently or through the help of their Personal Assistants (PAs) as shown by Jonathan and his PA Mandy.

We are looking for blog posts that:

  • Have a word length of about 500 words ideally and no longer than 800 words
  • Include a brief self-biography and photos of you taking part in the activity that you’re writing about. If you do not want to show your face in the photos then that is fine
  • Have links to any social media (including videos) which you’re part of that is related to disability sports including fundraising or publicising events
  • Focus on particular benefits you’ve gained as a result of being active e.g. improved confidence and independence, weight loss, strength and balance and meeting new people.
  • If you have a personal budget and use it to get active either by directly paying for the activity or indirectly by paying for a personal assistant to take you then we strongly encourage you to write about this in your post.

Also when submitting a blog post to us please be aware that:

  • It must be related to our organisation Disability Rights UK’s vision, mission and priorities.
  • It must not contain hate speech, incitement to violence or anything unlawful, misleading, defamatory or discriminatory
  • Get Yourself Active retains the right to edit a blog
  • If you have a learning disability or neurological condition that means that you’re strongest at drawing let us know. We will accept any pictures that you send us provided that they are either in PNG or JPEG format and follow our other guidelines (not obscene etc). Don’t worry about dimensions as we can resize any pictures which are sent to us.

Get Yourself Active is a campaign that only exists in England. However, we will consider any blog posts that provide an international perspective on our campaign. And publish any ones on getting active with a disability in another country, provided that they meet our other guidelines.

If you would any further information or want to submit a blog post (or drawing) then please e-mail: Leo Capella, Communications Officer at leo.capella@disabilityrightsuk.org

Thanks for reading and we’re looking forward to receiving some inspiring stories from you!

Blogs can be about people with disabilities getting active whatever their age! This is a picture of young wheelchair racer Maya Ratcliffe happy at Parallel London.

England Talent Day- Players Required

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Do you have any footballers (or know any footballers) within your club, school, organisation or programmes that have a disability?

The England Talent Day for players with a disability will be on:

 Sunday 6th May 2018, 10:00am-13:00pm

At West Riding County FA, Leeds, LS26 8NX

We are looking for players aged 7-16 to meet the following criteria;

 

  • AMPUTEE (male)
  • BLIND (male)
  • CEREBRAL PALSY (male)
  • DEAF (male)
  • DEAF (female)
  • PARTIALLY SIGHTED (male)

There is a poster (which you can share with your contacts) and a player registration form which needs to be signed by the parents of those who are interested in attending the England Talent Day.

If you know any players that fit into the above criteria and believe they have a very good opportunity to progress in the England Talent Pathway then please provide the following information to Colan Leung  as soon as possible:

-First Name

-Family name

– Date of Birth

-Year Group (7-11 or 12-16)

– Impairment

– Home Address

– Post Code

– Contact Number

-E-mail Address

In Other News: Celebrating Disability Sport in Sheffield

 

Celebrating Disability Sport in Sheffield

Thursday 5th  April

Video from Within Reach has a range of examples of people with disabilities being physically active at different levels

At Get Yourself Active we like examples of people with disabilities getting active whether in blog posts like this one or videos.

This is why we’re sharing “Within Reach- The story so far” on our website. This is a nearly four minute long video that invites people to see what has been going on in the world of disability sport and physical activity in the city of Sheffield. It can be seen here or below:

Within Reach – The Story So Far from Vox Multimedia on Vimeo.

The video celebrates the range of disability sports opportunities available to people of all ages and abilities across Sheffield. And provides information about how the city’s sports and activity programme developed from 1989 after the World Student games, whether through the work of Within Reach or the partner organisations that joined it. Please look at “Within Reach- The story so far” and share it with any individuals or organisations who you think may be interested.

Also worth mentioning is that Sheffield has a Disability Sports Network in the city, chaired by Dawn Wood of the Links School Sports Partnership. If you’re interested in getting involved with the network then do email gareth.hayden@sheffield.gov.uk

In Other News: We have six partner organisations across England, including Disability Centre for Sheffield Independent Living.

 

Bryerley Springs Equestrian Centre Gains Accessibility Mark Accreditation

Thursday 4 April

A Milton Keynes equestrian centre has secured an accreditation to a national scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up horse riding.

With the mental and physical benefits of horse riding well documented, the centre hopes its Accessibility Mark accreditation will help reach out to a wider group of riders.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

Following an appeal for more volunteers, the centre’s staff, including the new team of volunteers participated in a compulsory training day with an ASO (Accessibility Support Officer).

The training focused on the challenges faced by disabled riders and lesson planning, to enable staff to make the sessions productive and safe whilst keeping them fun and interactive.

The Pony Club-approved centre currently offers lesson to riders of all ages and abilities, delivered by qualified staff who have all received training in child protection/safeguarding and first aid.

As well as riding lessons, the centre also provide lessons to NVQ level in Horse Care. Just spending time with horses can promote a general sense of well-being and improve confidence, something the centre hopes they can achieve with both ridden and un-mounted sessions.

A spokesperson from Bryerley Springs Riding Centre said: “Brylerley Springs is a great place to learn to ride and we pride ourselves on the welcoming atmosphere our clients experience. We really hope to be able to open up our doors to more members of the community with the message that horse riding is an activity that is available to everyone.

“The Accessibility Mark accreditation demonstrates our ability to safely and confidently accommodate riders with a range of disabilities and the support from the RDA means we can seek advice where necessary to ensure every rider can set achievable goals.”

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.

For further information contact Bryerley Springs Equestrian Centre on 01525 261 823 or visit http://bryerleysprings.co.uk

There are currently 47 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: Introducing Leo Capella Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active

Introducing Leo Capella Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active

Thursday 5 April 2018

Leo Capella, new communications officer for Get Yourself Active introduces himself.

Hello!

I hope that you had a good bank holiday weekend.

Leanne Wightman the programme officer is away for the next six months.  So I have the  absolute pleasure of taking over this website from Kirsty Mulvey while she focuses on working with our existing partner organisations and engaging new ones.  For those who don’t know me I’m the former Campaign Project Coordinator at I Can Make It, another project that Disability Rights UK works on.

I’m also on the autistic spectrum and I love sport, at least for the most part as an armchair fan. I used to do a lot as a kid and then as a young adult whether through occupational therapy and school sports. Or sailing which I did a lot at both solo and as part of a crew, sometimes competitively, sometimes sponsored, other times just for the fun of messing around on the water. But somehow between jobs, creative writing and campaigning I lost my way on keeping myself active apart from walking my dogs both past and present . So I’m not as active as I should be. Hopefully being part of this campaign will change that!

Also Disability Rights UK is an organisation made up of clever people who like doing clever projects that help people with disabilities participate equally in society on their own terms (and we love it that our funders  and six partners from across England do too).

Hopefully in the next six months I can show you just how we all work to give other people with disabilities choice and control (which is crucial) on how they get and keep active within their lives. This will be through our various updates including our newsletter that goes out at the end of the month (if you haven’t signed up already you should) and some content from our partners (including hopefully our project coordinators) who do excellent jobs in their areas.

I’d also encourage you to look at our films about getting active as well as why our campaign was launched.

We’ve got another film coming in out the future so please do keep an eye out for it. And don’t forget that we’d love to share your stories about the work you do with personal budgets to get disabled people active as well your own stories about getting active as people with disabilities. So do get in contact with us.  

For my part I am trying to take up a martial art as I’ve always wanted to learn one (any autism friendly Iaido instructors out there)? Who knows time permitting there may be a blog post or two about that or getting back out the water sailing.

In any case thanks for reading and looking forward to hearing from some of you soon.

In other news: I’m not the only new thing happening in the disability sports/ physical activity world. Check out this video by Cerebral Palsy Sport about a clever new form of racing for people with cerebral palsy called RaceRunning.

Motability announces new Director

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Motability, the charity which provides a ‘road to freedom’ for disabled people and their families through the Motability Scheme throughout the United Kingdom, are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Atkinson CBE to the role of Director, effective from 21 May 2018.

Paul Atkinson was appointed following an open recruitment and selection process undertaken by the Governors of Motability.  He succeeds the current Director, Declan O’Mahony, who decided in 2017 to step down following 16 years of dedicated service to Motability.

Paul Atkinson joins Motability following a very successful and varied career in the Royal Air Force where he was a senior Air Battlespace Manager.  Paul achieved the rank of Group Captain and was sent on 15 diverse tours of duty, four overseas (including German Air Force Exchange), and six operational deployments including Afghanistan, the Falklands and Belize.  He commanded the Royal Air Force Air Surveillance and Control Force responsible for national and NATO early warning and air defence.  He has a strong track record of achievement whilst motivating large and diverse teams to achieve sustained success.

Chairman and co-founder of Motability, Lord Sterling, said:

“The Governors and I would like to thank Declan for his excellent contribution in delivering Motability’s strategic objectives over the past 16 years and we wish him and his family well for future years.  We look forward to Paul Atkinson bringing his own particular skills to the role and working with us to drive Motability even further forward, in order to transform and enhance the lives of disabled people and their families”.

In other news: Instructability helped me learn to be me again

InstructAbility helped me learn to be me again

Thursday 29 March 2018

This week’s personal experience blog comes from Wendy Hall, who when she couldn’t find a gym she liked decided to train as a gym instructor herself

In 2008 I had a blackout and fell down stairs. I broke my neck at C5/6/7 cervical level, which essentially means everything below the break is affected and I had instant paralysis from the neck down. Some of my friends and family were always hopeful I would get some sort of recovery as I was physically fit and always did exercise, used weights and gone to the gym, but I know how lucky I am to have achieved any recovery, feeling or movement due to the level and severity of my injury.

Soon after the accident I was lying in bed, not being able to move, but still trying to work out how I was ever getting back to the gym.

I thought it would be a very difficult road ahead for me – and I was right.  Some days were harder than others with several gyms and personal medical struggles trying to hold me back. The attitude towards me was unexpected, especially from lots of staff and members who knew  me; it was like I had two heads and was contagious! I was offered no support, no alternatives or adapted induction to be able to re-learn equipment. I even struggled to enter the building, even with my partner’s support.

That’s when I decided it shouldn’t be the case for others….

I did some voluntary work with Aspire, a spinal cord charity, which led me down the path of becoming a gym instructor again after my accident. Aspire has a great InstructAbility programme which provides fitness industry training for disabled people. I used to teach aerobics classes before my accident, and so the training for me was a brilliant opportunity and helped me to feel like the ‘old me’ again.

Although my spinal injury can make things challenging at times, being active helps. Practical exercises support me with everyday functions like getting about and some flexibility, which can be challenging with my nerve damage.

While in the gym as a volunteer, I decided I wanted to start an Inclusive Circuits class when I became qualified.  I wanted to create and give more opportunities to bring more people together. It was (and still is) so apparent there are very few inclusive classes in gyms; the issues I had faced just seemed to be all too common.  Anyone is welcome to join in with us, and anything can happen. My class has been doing so well and is popular with regular participants!! There are many abilities, and we all come together to exercise and some of the transformations have been amazing for individuals.

Any top tips or recommendations?

I’d say most of all, keep looking and trying to do something you like and enjoy. Whatever you can manage today, may get you through tomorrow. Family and friends will see you through, and will help where they can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Charities for example, can offer much more than just financial support, they can help with all sorts of things. Without Aspire, who knows where I would (or wouldn’t) be today. I have a lot to thank a stubborn practical attitude, and Aspire for.

I think I had all but given up on trying to progress, so the opportunity to be supported in teaching in exercise again I couldn’t miss out on. I just wanted something to remind me of some part of ‘me’ before my accident, I could hardly remember with struggling with so many things after coming back home from hospital. I never realised how soul destroying coming home would be, but I couldn’t give up trying to find another me.

In taking on the InstructAbility gym course it set me challenges I wasn’t sure I would manage. From taking on a full course including written and practical work, and trying to manage a job as well, it was so difficult. It was exhausting and painful, physically and mentally, but I wanted to do well and kept believing I could.

Doing the gym course, with other disabled people helped me learn to be me again and have some confidence to be me again. Staff and gym users (at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Sandwell Leisure Trust) knew nothing about me, other than I was a qualified gym instructor on a voluntary placement.

Challenging myself has been the best thing, as well as the hardest. If it was easy it wouldn’t be so worthwhile.

It’s been life changing , almost literally for me.

It’s given me confidence to speak to people again, look people in the eye, learn to be in the gym exercising again and learn to enjoy being with others and be in my own skin. I had hated myself for a long time, felt worthless and pointless. I’m finding my new me, even though it’s taken about 7 years though (I’m now 10 years post-accident).

I’m stronger mentally, growing in confidence, happy to speak with others , and importantly I’ve seen I can encourage others, especially with mixed ability. To see others grow in self confidence and personality is so inspiring to me.  I’m doing things I never would have before, like outdoor rowing, and I’m taking those who want to try new things with me too.

I’m proud to have my disability now and to be able to inspire, encourage and see others grow. My journey could have been so different and, more importantly, without those who I love and live with who have always encouraged me and see how difficult it is, it was and still will be. I’m lucky and very grateful to many, but I spread lots of thank you’s wherever I can. Usually cake & a cuppa, that’s never changed.

Even though I still used my wheelchair, but it never stopped me pushing forwards.

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

Macclesfield Lifestyle Originals FC

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Macclesfield Lifestyle Originals Football Club recently took part in the FA’s Peoples Cup competition at Aquinas College Stockport.

This was their very first official completion and they played really well against some very seasoned teams drawing two games and losing four. Everyone really enjoyed the experience and are really looking forward to taking part in many more future competitions.

The team shown here is from 2nd left to right is: Back row: Paul Jackson, Jonathan Perry, Craig Mcleod & Michelle Plumb (Ladies team Goalkeeper); Front row: Mark Nolan, Tom Swindon & Mitchel Reece.

Two other people who played in the completion but were unable to take part in the photo are: Marcus Bowness ( Mens team Goalkeeper) & Jordan Hayter. The two coaches are: Lorryn Dixon & Ju Van Da Wal.

Besides this competition, the team along with the rest of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and a number of other teams from Adult Services throughout Cheshire East, take part in a Monthly football event held at Sandbach UTD FC. This event is now in its fourth season and is going from strength to strength and looks set to continue for many more.
The team would like to give a big thank you to their sponsors Pro Seal, for their encouragement, support and for providing the teams kits.

In other news: Step Change Studios invite you to attend their first professional showcase

Step Change Studios invite you to attend their first professional showcase

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Fusion is the UK’s first inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance-inspired showcase, presented by Step Change Studios. Fusion brings together talented professional artists from a wide range of dance backgrounds to push the boundaries of ballroom with beautiful, powerful, performances that redefine the genre.

Fusion is an experiment and creative exploration between disabled and non-disabled artists from backgrounds that include Charleston, Swing, Contemporary and Street to develop original pieces inspired by Latin and Ballroom dance.

Dance, in all forms draws influence from different styles, settings, and stories. Dancers’ physical form influences the artistic and performance process. Fusion brings these together through playful, creative collaborations that aim to question our ideas about Latin and Ballroom dance and dancers.

When: Wednesday 9 May at 8pm
Where: Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery AvenueLondonEC1R
Find out more information here: Fusion
Extras: The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion
Free to ticket holders. BSL interpreted.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Supported by the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – an East London Dance initiative.

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

SportsAble appoints new COO and directors to support growth ambitions

Tuesday 13 March 2018

SportsAble, a sports club in Berkshire which specialises in delivering multiple sports to people with a disability and their families, has appointed a Chief Operations Officer and bolstered its Trustee and Enterprise Boards.

This process has taken place over the last 12 months and prepares the organisation for an expansion of services.

Miranda Wilsnagh becomes new COO of SportsAble

Established in 1975, SportsAble is a registered charity that has been playing a vital role in the community for more than 40 years.  It is governed and managed by a Board of Trustees, many of whom are also founding members of the charity. In 2015, an Enterprise Board was established. This Board reports directly in to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for generating and managing income which is then fed back into the charity and the day to day operation of the facility.

Kerl Haslam, CEO at SportsAble, says:

“We are an ambitious organisation. Over the next 18 months we have big plans to enhance our provision, creating even more accessible and varied opportunities for disabled people in the Thames Valley to enjoy an active lifestyle. We already deliver 20 physical activity sessions per week, across 15 sports and serve a loyal membership of 365 members, but, we want to do more.

“We are in talks with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead regarding the development of new premises on our existing site in Braywick Park, Maidenhead. Our facilities have served us well but they are tired and in need of modernisation.  We are also exploring an opportunity to launch a franchise model to create a national network of SportsAble clubs, extending the service we provide to other communities across the country and enabling inter-club competition. In addition, we are also keen to extend our community outreach programme through connections with local hospitals and schools. Not everyone is able to visit our premises so we want to take more of our services out into the community.

“All of these projects are the driving force behind the recent COO and Board appointments. Yes, the plans are ambitious but with the right skills, knowledge and experience I am confident we can achieve them.”

Joining the organisation as COO is Miranda Wilsnagh. With 21 years’ experience running her own IT recruitment business and more recently working in the charity sector as a councillor and advisor, Miranda’s main role will be on unifying and motivating the staff team as well as overseeing general operations. The post is full time and will enable the CEO, Kerl Haslam, to focus on strategic planning, income generation and partner relations.

Commenting about her appointment, Miranda says:

“I have spent my entire professional life helping individuals fulfil their potential. I intend to continue to do this at SportsAble, both with the staff team and the members. The charity has huge potential and I am looking forward to making a contribution which will push the charity towards a successful and sustainable future.”

Joining the Enterprise Board are: Jo Croft, Head of Finance; Tim Bowley, Team Building and Junior Sports; Lynne Kuschel, MBE, Volunteer Manager; William Wilsnagh, Strategy and Business Development.

Joining the Trustee Board are: Aly Lewis, Lawyer; Sharon Bridge, Swimming Coach and Fundraising; Steve Palmer, Fundraising and Social Media; Jonathon Madden, Social Media; Harp Bamrah, Corporate Sponsorship.

All new members underwent a rigorous interview and induction process before their applications were accepted. Haslam adds:

“The level of talent we have attracted has surpassed my expectations. I am really looking forward to working with such an accomplished group of individuals.”

Speaking about his reasons for joining the Enterprise Board, Tim Bowley, says:

“SportsAble delivers an invaluable service to the community and it is important that we find new ways to protect the sustainability of the charity through the exploitation of existing income streams and the development of new opportunities. Working alongside the other Enterprise Board members and liaising closely with the Board of Trustees, I look forward to introducing new practices, ideas and innovations that will keep the charity providing a much-needed service to the community for many years to come.”

In other news: British Blind Sport and UK Deaf Sport want to hear from you

Double delight as ParalympicsGB take super-G silver and bronze

Monday 12 March 2018

There was double delight for ParalympicsGB’s visually impaired Para alpine skiers on day two, with two medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.

Millie Knight and Brett Wild secured their second silver medal of the Games with a fantastic run in the super G, while Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe showed their fearless attitude when they bounced back from the disappointment of not completing the downhill event on day one to win bronze.

A jubilant Knight said:

“If I’d thought I would have two medals in two days at the Paralympics I would have said you are crazy. This time four years ago I was sat in the crowd watching Kelly (Gallagher) win gold and now I’ve made the podium myself.”

Their success on the slopes at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre means ParalympicsGB now has a fabulous three medals after just two days of competition.

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

Accessibility Mark Comes to Isle of Wight

Monday 12 March 2018

 

A riding centre on the Isle of Wight has become the latest centre to form an association with RDA through its Accessibility Mark scheme.

Island Riding Centre gained its accreditation following training and assessment and is now hoping to be able to expand its services to more disabled riders.

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.

Set in stunning countryside, Island Riding Centre is the premier riding venue on the Isle of Wight, and benefits from some of the best beach and countryside trails in the UK. 

The Association of British Riding Schools centre prides itself on providing riding opportunities for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest riders and people with limited physical abilities. Their aim is to not only provide fun but also help development and maybe find a potential future riding star.

Accessibility for disabled riders at the centre is un-rivalled in the area, with the newly built facility being design based on recommendation from RDA. The site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and has an access ramp to help with mounting.

As the centre is based in a popular holiday location, they have developed a range of self-catering holiday accommodation with four of the units suitable for disabled people, having being built to the guidelines of the National Accessible Scheme for Disabled Access.

Centre manager Tian Hughes said: “We contacted the RDA to enquire about our options for teaching disabled riders and they recommended the Accessibility Mark scheme, as the most suitable avenue for the centre.

“The scheme allows us to tap into the experience of such a well-respected organisation and is attractive to our clients as it demonstrates the gold standard, giving confidence that they are in safe and capable hands.

“When the staff attended the training day, they were all incredibly impressed with the vast amount of knowledge displayed by the ASO (Accessibility Support Officer), which focused on good practice on things such as mounting.

“We were already teaching some disabled riders with minor physical and learning disabilities but hope to expand this further using our fantastic facilities and with the help and support of RDA.”

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.

For further information contact Island Riding Centre on 01983 214000 or visit www.islandriding.com

There are currently 45 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

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

For more information contact Jacqueline Spouge or Tim Smith at TSM on 01724 784600.

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

Come along to celebrate the launch of Doncaster’s new Accessibility Checker!

Friday 9 March

You are cordially invited to the launch of the online Accessibility Checker to Doncaster

Please join DisabledGo and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to celebrate the launch of the online Accessibility Checker to Doncaster.

It includes comprehensive access information for 1,000 venues in the area including libraries, leisure centres, restaurants, shopping centres and lots more!

Most important of all, everywhere has been visited and assessed by trained surveyors, so you can get all the facts, knowing someone has actually been there to collect the details.

Come along to find out more and find out how you can get involved.

Thursday 15th March 2018

10.30am –  11.30am

Cast Waterdale Doncaster DN1 3BU

Please book your place via contact details below.

You can contact us by phone, email, text and by post. If you have any

You can contact us by phone, email, text and by post. If you have any specific requirements please let us know so we can make sure the event is as accessible as possible for you. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend too.

events@disabledgo.com

Unit 7, Arlington Court, Arlington Business Park, Whittle Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FS

mobile: 07908 129952   Tel: 01438 842710

 

British Blind Sport and UK Deaf Sport want to hear from you

Tuesday 6 March 2018

UK Deaf Sport and British Blind Sport want to better understand people with hearing and/or visual impairments and their use of leisure centres


The two organisations are working in partnership to better understand people with hearing and/or visual impairments and their use of leisure centres to help develop accessibility recommendations for leisure operators nationwide.

Click here to take part in the short survey: https://britishblindsport.wufoo.eu/forms/2018-survey-sensory-alliance-gll-pilot-programme/

Please promote this survey or share this information with any contacts you feel would be interested to help us achieve their objectives.

A word version of this survey is available on request or to complete the form over the phone, please contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424 247 or email support@britishblindsport.org.uk. The deadline to complete this survey is 1st April 2018.

In other news: GOGA star mentor wins prestigious Torch Trophy Trust award

GOGA star mentor wins prestigious Torch Trophy Trust award

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Disability Rights UK is thrilled to announce that one of our star mentors on the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Peer Support Project has won a prestigious Torch Trophy Trust award for Outstanding Contribution to Inclusivity.

The GOGA Peer Support Project, run by Disability Rights UK (in partnership with English Federation of Disability Sport- EFDS) trains active disabled people to become mentors to work one to one with another disabled person who wants to be active but might be experiencing barriers such as low confidence.

Morris Nelson, 49, from Lambeth, South London has been a mentor to Stephen Wells. Morris experienced a breakdown a few years ago following the loss of his job. He felt he had lost his identity, was under pressure to support his family and really struggled to re-build his confidence.  He has since made a remarkable recovery and used volunteering on GOGA as a way to build his self-esteem and fulfil his love of supporting others, volunteering in more than 5 different roles over the past 3 years including setting up a football club, Furzedown United.

Following ‘Making A Great Mentor’ training, he and Stephen started working together in June 2017 by taking up yoga- an activity new to both of them. Within 3 months they had both become more physically active, tried other new activities like walking and aerobics and both have reported increases in their confidence and mental wellbeing.

Stephen has a history of depression and mental health problems and before working with Morris he struggled to even get out of the house. “I felt low, I lacked motivation to do things. I knew I wanted to get active but it seemed so hard to take the first step. Joining GOGA and working with Morris has changed my life. He was there alongside me when I took my first go at yoga and slowly he helped me to set small goals, motivating me at each step. I now go to exercise classes six times a week and help Morris with his football club at the weekends! Morris has inspired me to become a mentor and help other disabled people to be active- something I never thought I would do”.

Morris says,

“I’m thrilled to have won this award, there are no words! Stephen’s journey has been amazing. He went from being this shy, unconfident person to someone who’s not afraid to get out there and try new things. He has started volunteering and has even come forward now to become a mentor himself. He motivates and teaches me new things, sometimes I forget who the mentor is! GOGA Peer Support has upskilled me, made me more employable and helped give me direction, this programme should be available to everyone”.

Morris has now progressed to the role of Mentor Co-Ordinator helping Disability Rights UK to run the Peer Support Programme in Lambeth with local organisation Disability Advice Service Lambeth. Both he and Stephen share their story and experiences of mentoring to train and inspire new mentors to sign up and help with outreach, raising awareness of the project to professionals interested in peer support.

Kate Pieroudis, Disability Rights UK’s GOGA Peer Support Lead says,

“This award rewards Morris’ commitment to supporting others, his excellent achievement as a mentor and demonstrates the ways that peer support- sharing experiences and skills and physical activity can change someone’s life. The GOGA Programme is a great example of partnership working, bringing together expertise from EFDS and 10 other national partners of which Disability Rights UK is one”.

The Torch Trophy Trust was founded in 1962 commemorating the two 1948 Olympic torches made for the last leg of the Olympic relay, one presented to a Commander Collins, who presented it to the Torch Trophy Trust. He believed the Olympic ideal, symbolised by the torch, could also be an inspiration for men and women working quietly in their own small corners of the world of sport.

For press enquiries or more information, please contact:

Kate Pieroudis, Peer Support Lead, Disability Rights UK on 07715 960710 or kate.pieroudis@disabilityrightsuk.org.uk

More information:

www.getoutgetactive.co.uk

www.gogapeersupport.org

http://torchtrophytrust.org/

Twitter:

@DisRightsUK

@GetActiveGOGA

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

Raising the Bar for Disabled Riders with Accessibility Mark

Tuesday 6 March 2018

A Berkshire riding stables has become the latest equestrian facility to gain accreditation with a national scheme to provide more riding opportunities for disabled people.

Cloud Stables based in Reading has successfully fulfilled the necessary criteria to become an Accessibility Mark Centre. Established since 1972, Cloud Stables provides lessons for riders of all abilities, using their fantastic facilities that boast both an indoor and outdoor arena.

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

Having run an RDA group in the past, the centre wanted to change direction to offer a wider range of services to their clients.

The introduction of Accessibility Mark has allowed the centres’ BHS qualified instructors to challenge riders with less severe disabilities to realise their full potential.

Kate Matthews, Yard Manager at Cloud Stables said:

“Accessibility Mark fitted perfectly with our vision for the future of our centre and it was easy to incorporate within the mainstream riding school.

“The biggest selling point of the scheme for us was the training and support from the RDA, and our staff are excited and full of enthusiasm following the session with the ASO (Accessibility Support Officer).

“Being able to tap into the knowledge and experience of the RDA has also given confidence to our instructors to bring more variety to lessons, which will undoubtedly benefit our riders.”

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.

For further information or to book a lesson please contact Cloud Stables on 0118 976 1522 or visit www.cloudstables.co.uk

There are currently 45 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: 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

 

Personal Health Budget Experience Survey

Thursday 1 March 2018

Do you currently have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget? Or maybe you’ve had one in the past?

Share your experiences in a new online survey open from 1 March to 31 April 2018. Play your part in helping to improve how personal health budgets are offered in England.

Take part in the survey here: https://surveys.quality-health.co.uk/Questionnaire/Anonymous/PHIBCORE

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

UKSA Board Announce Changes for 2018 and Beyond

Thursday 1 March 2018

At its last meeting of 2017, the UK Sports Association Trustee Board embraced change and agreed a new focus to be included in its plans for 2018 and beyond.

With UKSA’s international federation, Inas, introducing two new trial classes in 2017 in athletics, swimming and table tennis, the Board agreed that both trial classes II2, for athletes with a more significant intellectual impairment and II3, for athletes with high functioning autism be included in its plans and strategy moving forward.

In practice this will mean class II2, which includes athletes with Down syndrome, will accept applications to the classification process.  Additionally where UKSA considers entries to Inas events, it will, where performances warrant it, consider athletes in this new trial class. For class II3, UKSA will begin exploring, how and by what means, a pathway for this new Inas trial class can be established.  UKSA will begin and grow the debate, in partnership with its Home Country stakeholders to explore grass roots to Inas performance opportunities.

UKSA is seeking new partners to support its work as it develops its new strategy for the future.  UKSA does not receive any Government or sports funding for its work and will also continue to seek alternative sponsorship and funding partners to underpin its ambitious plans to enhance opportunities for athletes with intellectual disability, Down syndrome and autism to create a sustainable future for performance sport, cultural change and inclusion.

Other significant decisions include the formal AGM approval of Genevieve Gordon, as a new Trustee for a 2 year term, and plans for the expansion of its Board by a further 3 independent trustees. Ms Gordon, a sports lawyer and CEO of Tactic Counsel, brings with her a wealth of experience from the legal, education and commercial sports sector.

In considering the sports programme, the Board agreed a full review of its target sports and Championships for 2018 and beyond, announcements on which will be made throughout the year.  The initial focus will be entering strong GB Team representation in a number of sports at the Inas European Summer Games in Paris, France in July 2018 and moving forward plans for the 2019 Inas Global Games.  To date, UKSA’s focus has been athletics, table tennis, cricket, tennis, football, cycling, judo and taekwondo.  2017 saw swimming reintroduced as well as the first GB representation at the inaugural Inas Equestrian Championships, where UKSA’s British athlete claimed a bronze medal.

Tracey McCillen, CEO UK Sports Association said

“It remains a challenging time for UKSA since the end of UK Sport core funding, but with a dedicated Board and support from volunteers, partners and stakeholders, we will continue to work together to strengthen the performance sport provision for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.  We want to see athletes represent Great Britain at Inas and other events, but our work also includes advocating the full inclusion of athletes in sport and society, whether as athletes, employees or Board members where they can reap the wide reaching benefits this approach offers.”

Bernard Atha CBE, President and Chairman UK Sports Association said

“UKSA has always looked to the future and had big aspirations for athletes but it’s been hindered by the sport funding structure in the UK.  That remains a barrier.  DCMS and others need to recognise that elite performance is wider than Paralympics alone, invest in organisations that support the athletes and truly deliver the promises from London 2012.  The athletes we work with deserve this at the very least.”

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.

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

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

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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

 

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