Team Parallel are happy to announce that this year, they are bringing the UK’s largest all-inclusive mass participation fun run to Glasgow, taking place on 2nd September in the beautiful George Square.
Parallel Glasgow will be fully-accessible, consisting of a 100m, 1K, 5K and the Super Sensory 1K. Alongside the fun runs will be a free family mini fest with sport, games, play and well-being activities for all.
Be sure to register your interest today to stay up to date on more updates to come.
Look out for their further announcement of Parallel Lambeth this week!
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.
Can Do invites you to attend the 2018 Can Do Community Sail Event. Can Do is a volunteering programme for young people with disabilities aged 10-35.
No experience required. It’s about giving you the opportunity to make a difference – both to yourself and your local community.
Come along for a fun filled day of sailing with our Can Doers from Roots and Shoots College. It’s free – no experience needed. You will be joining other Can Doers, and be instructed by Tideway Sailability staff and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to join.
Date: Saturday, 23rd June 2018
Time: 10:30 – 3pm
Address: Tideway Sailability Greenland Dock, Rope Street, London SE16 7SX
At the pilot, we will be looking at a range of things to develop such as coaching, match play and the rules and regulations. If you have a hearing impairment and want to be part of the pilot then email: email@example.com to register your interest. We are looking for a range of ages and hearing impairments
Also if you are a teacher or have an expertise and would like to get involved in helping shape the sport then please register your interest too.
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.
WheelPower’s Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camps are a great way for children aged 5-11 with a disability to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and all activity is adapted to suit your abilities. The Camps are a great way to make new friends, improve your health and have fun!
Registration is from 10am and activities start at 10:15am. The camp will finish at approximately 2.30pm.
Who is the Camp for?
The Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp is open to children with physical or mild sensory impairments between the ages of five and eleven years old. We shall also accept entry forms from those children who would not traditionally fit within ‘disability sport classification’ such as those with dyspraxia, epilepsy or some form of internal organ dysfunction or absence.
The aim of this broader definition is to make some form of provision for those children who are unable to ‘fit in’ to mainstream PE/sport provision but who also do not qualify for disability provision.
If any of the children’s siblings or friends (of camp age) want to attend as well to enable them to take part in the activities together then they are more than welcome – just let us know. The activities on offer can cater for disabled and non-disabled people.
Parents/Guardian’s/Personal Assistants may be asked to assist and support your child at some activities to ensure that they get the best experience possible. They will be required to stay on site throughout the event (there is seating available near the activities as well as in the cafeteria).
We are expecting between 20 and 40 children to attend the Camp.
Sports and activities:
The sports and activities at the Camp include basketball, boccia, bowls, fencing , table games, tennis and zone hockey (other sports may be available).
These activities are all about having fun and learning new skills – this may include a small element of competition but this is optional.
Everyone will be welcomed to take part and the sports and activities will be suitable for you at a level at which you will feel comfortable.
Each sport will last for approximately 40-minutes but children can go at their own pace and have rests when needed.
All of our sports coaches are qualified, have DBS checks and have lots of experience of delivering activity to disabled children.
All childen attending can discuss their needs and support with the Event Manager and sport coaches in a safe and private environment before starting an activity.
The event is FREE to attend!
The deadline for registration and camp payment is Monday 21st May 2018.
Alternatively if you want to have a chat and find out more or ask any questions please contact Ollie Buncombe who is the Event Manager at WheelPower on 01296 395995 or firstname.lastname@example.org
World Snooker Disability Day will once again be staged during the Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
With activities to run throughout the day at the ‘Cue Zone’, situated at the Winter Garden, close to the Crucible Theatre, the event aims to raise awareness of disability snooker and encourage people with disabilities to participate in snooker as either players, fans or officials.
The event is jointly organised by World Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), a body established in 2015 which has to date hosted 13 world disability snooker events across the UK and mainland Europe. The long-term goal for the WDBS is to see snooker return to the Paralympics, at which snooker was one of its founding sports and was held most recently in 1988.
Cue Zone activities
Under the guidance of WPBSA World Snooker coaches Steve Rutter and Ian McAllister, the day will see regular WDBS competitors demonstrating their skills in matches against members of the general public, both in individual and doubles matches.
There will also be a session staged with members of Sheffield Mencap and disability snooker will be featured throughout the day’s BBC coverage, including footage from last month’s Belgian Open in Bruges.
If you cannot make it to the Crucible on the day, you can be part of the celebrations by hosting open days at your club, offering free taster sessions, running snooker challenges, promoting your community snooker sessions and sharing stories on social media about the groups or individuals who access your snooker facilities.
To follow and get involed in the action on Twitter, you can follow or tag in the hashtag #Cue4All so that WPBSA can share your inclusive activities during this year’s Betfred World Championship.
On 15th May between 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm a workshop is being held in Peterborough that will enhance Your Communication Skills AND Meet the Needs of Deaf Participants.
Developed in partnership with UK Deaf Sport and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) this is an interactive workshop delivered by UK Coaching that will help develop your communication skills, so you can fully include deaf people of all ages. It’s very likely that at some point you’ll coach an individual who is deaf. Delivered by coaches who are deaf themselves this workshop will give you the confidence to include them in your sessions alongside your hearing participants. What’s more this workshop will help you develop your non verbal communication skills so your day-to-day coaching sessions will improve.
By the end of the Workshop you will:
be aware of deafness and understand the barriers facing deaf people in sport
have developed your own communication skills and be able to use them effectively in any coaching session
be aware of and understand the pathways for deaf sport to encourage deaf participants to aim high
be able to develop an action plan to include deaf people in your coaching session
This masterclass will be held from 12-1pm on Wednesday 9th of May at Sadlers Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio. Places are limited, please book your space via 020 7863 8000.
Fusion is the UK’s first inclusive Latin and ballroom dance showcase by disabled and non-disabled artists, presented by Step Change Studios at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio at 8pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Fusion will see wheelchair world dance champion Pawel Karplinski and his dance partner perform together for the first time in the UK. Pawel began dancing at the age of 11. He is passionate about dance and teaching. Pawel has amassed national, European and World championship medals in wheelchair Latin and Ballroom dance.
Step Change Studios are providing a rare opportunity to participate in a free wheelchair ballroom dance masterclass led by Pawel from 12-1pm on 9th May. All ages and abilities welcome.
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.
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 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To be held:
Mile End Stadium,
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.
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.
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
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;
CEREBRAL PALSY (male)
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:
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 Avenue, London, EC1R 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Doncaster Council have developed Independent Travel Training, an initiative to offer a young person training and support to travel independently between home and school or college.
What is Independent Travel Training? Independent Travel Training is a service that can offer a young person training and support if they want to learn how to travel independently between home and school or college. Travelling independently opens up social, educational and employment opportunities.
This service is provided by Doncaster Council at no charge to schools, colleges, parents or carers.
Who is Independent Travel Training for?
The training is for young people living in Doncaster who have a disability and/or learning difficulty and who attend school or college.
The programme is open to young people who meet the eligibility criteria for assisted travel to school/college.
Who can make a referral?
Parents/carers, Schools (Mainstream/Special or specialist units), Colleges, Special Educational Need and Disabilities Officers
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the committee for the ‘Good Mood League’.
The ‘Good Mood League’ is a flexible, inclusive, 11 a-side football league for teams with direct links to: NHS foundation trusts, Drug/Alcohol recovery services and homeless charities. The league is currently made up of 6 teams from various clubs and services from across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The league’s aim is to provide players with the opportunity to compete in football regardless of socio-economic or health status. Inclusive football leagues can provide players with a sense of social status, community acceptance and independence.
Please do not be put off if you are not a ‘football person’ as they really want to create a broad committee by engaging people from outside of football to share alternative expertise, specifically around mental health & inclusion.
If you are interested in any of the roles please get in contact with Sam Firth, Football Development Officer (Disability) at email@example.com or call 0114 2615506 or 07376 109119.
We would like to invite you to an event celebrating the partnership between Within Reach and Sheffield City Council, highlighting the work they have accomplished together over the last 17 Years.
The Charity Organisation Within Reach was established as ‘Our Year Too’ in 1989 just prior to the World Student Games by Mike Elliott.
Their aim is to assist more disabled people to access sport, stay in sport and fulfill their potential in the City of Sheffield.
Event: Sheffield City Council and Within Reach Celebration Event Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018 Time: Arrive 9.30am – 10.00am Depart – 2.30pm Venue: English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA Age: All ages welcome Cost: Free
Most of the coaches delivering are from local clubs, so they can promote their services and allow participants to explore the wealth and variety of sports and exercise available to them. This fun packed day is open to anyone with a disability, along with their families and carers.
The day will include activities such as:
Wheelchair Basketball, Dance, Racerunning, Cricket, Athletics, Football, Bowling, Golf, Boccia, Kurling and many other activities.
To book your place or any enquiries please contact Dawn Wood or a member of the Physical Activity and Sport Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01142 734266.
A North Wiltshire equestrian centre is seeking sponsorship to be able to hold an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children.
Rein & Shine’s Hoof Club is running the event in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS), with the aim of benefiting the wider community on a not for profit basis.
The centre hopes to fund the event with the help of local companies with any profits being donated to the National Autistic Society.
Rein & Shine is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, with a well-respected reputation for teaching disabled riders.
Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.
This unique opportunity is offering 80 autistic children in the community a chance to experience the many benefits equine-assisted learning has to offer.
The free sessions will take place at Rein & Shine’s wonderful facility near to Swindon and will last around two-hours. The sessions will consist of 30-minutes of riding and a contact and care session lasting 45-60 minutes to include basic welfare and safety.
This free service is being provided via schools as, amongst other benefits, equine assisted learning is proven to be very therapeutic and educational to those on the spectrum. Whilst supporting the children, Rein & Shine is also hoping to raise funds for National Autistic Society.
Johanna McDonald, who owns and runs Rein & Shine with husband John McDonald said: “Horses can hugely benefit children with autism and we want to give them a chance to experience this help without any associated costs.”
“I have never seen a child with learning difficulties act negatively towards a horse or even the staff on the yard. They seem to become truly engaged and absorbed around the horses and their focus is phenomenal. It helps the children forget the number of challenges they must deal with daily as they become emerged in the equine activity of riding, grooming and care. Those that are nervous around the horses seem to conquer their fear incredible quickly and we see them become more resilient and less anxious. The levels of personal growth, concentration, confidence and even teamwork improves enormously,” continued Johanna.
“Horses have been proven effective in creating an emotional healing bond and improving cognitive, language, motor and social skills. For many children, the bond developed with horses can help promote self-awareness in their everyday life which can give them the confidence to learn other skills outside of the equine world.”
A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone that would like to donate:
If you have or know of a child educated in Swindon or North Wiltshire area that may qualify for this activity you should contact their school directly and ask them to get in touch with Rein & Shine: 01666 860068 | email@example.com
Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.
There are currently 42 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.
Rhythm Moves is hosting a new exercise class in Cambridge for adults with learning difficulties and complex needs
What is it: Mindful relaxed sitting; seated Tai Chi exercises; create your own moves; drumming and group music. When: Mondays 10.15am-12pm Where: Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2LD Cost: £6 and Carers go free of charge and refreshments are included Website: www.grey-heron.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07919 857617
You are invited to attend a Visually Impaired physical activity and sport taster day for blind and partially sighted people aged 8+
This is an opportunity for people with sight loss to try all the activities on offer. Following the day it is hoped everyone who attends enjoys the activities so much they will choose to continue to participate in one or more of the activities.
Date: Monday 14th May 2018 Age: 8 years and above Venue for sports hall activities: Greenbank Sports Academy Venue for junior swimming: St Vincent’s School Venue for adult swimming: Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson leisure centre Online registration for the day: https://britishblindsport.wufoo.eu/forms/sb6ch270y275e8/
A Coaching Blind Footballers Course is being held at Middleton Leisure Centre in Leeds on Saturday 10th March 2018, 9:30am-5pm
If you or somebody you know is interested in attending, the course costs £35 and covers both theory and practical elements. By the end of the workshop each participant should be able to meet the following outcomes:
Gain a greater understanding of the game in the context of the FA’s LTPD model
Apply and extend existing coaching skills and experience to meet the needs of blind footballers
Establish effective communication skills when coaching blind footballers
Identify appropriate and safe methods of supporting and working with blind footballers
Recognise the need to deliver relevant coaching sessions to effectively meet the developmental needs of the blind footballer
Gain an understanding of the different components of the game
Understand the characteristics blind footballers require to perform at a performance level of the game
Recognise the Player Pathway and competition structure available for blind footballers.
If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact Colan Leung, Disability Football Development Officer, West Riding County Football Association at email@example.com or Tel: 0113 282 1222 (Option 3) or Mob: 07540 127683.
Over the next few months, CP Sport want you to join them at their upcoming events.
Racerunning taster event
17 February 2018
The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.
Discover disability gymnastics taster day: We are working in partnership with British Gymnastics and Limbpower to deliver two disability gymnastics taster days. The days will give you the opportunity to experience gymnastics and meet new people.
The days provide the Frame Football Strategic Group along with players, coaches and parents with the opportunity to develop the rules, equipment and coach CPD involved with developing further the beautiful game.
The first of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics Series for 2018 will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 for track, field and RaceRunning athletes. The event is being organised in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport, Kingston Athletics Club & Polytechnic Harriers and Surrey County Athletics Association.
On Saturday February 24th Inspire Peterborough, Disability Peterborough, The Mobility Aids Centre, Amilly Fitness, Oak Activities and friends are taking over the Peterborough Cresset for the biggest disability sporting event Peterborough has ever seen! Better yet, it’s 100% FREE.
Whether you’re coming to meet the Mayor, get disability advice, the chance to win Olympic-style medals or try our many sports activities you’ll be in awe at the many things available to you.
Did we mention that we’re holding a raffle on the day that could see you walking away with include a BRAND NEW SPORTS BIKE, a signed Manchester United football shirt, Peterborough United football goodies and some amazing prizes for Peterborough, Hampton’s Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
Who Can Come?: EVERYBODY! This is an all-inclusive event
Have We Done This Before?: This will be our 5th and BIGGEST Sporting Saturday
Will you be back?: We have already secured a date for Sporting Saturday 2019, but we want you to enjoy 2018’s first.
Will there be medals?: We will be playing an Olympic-Style ‘Bingo’ with sports/activities to secure a medal to take home with you.
Will there be prizes and goodies?: See below
Media Goodies: OnTrack Magazine will have several hundred copies available for you to take for free.
A signed/autographed Premier League Manchester United jersey/kit/shirt. WOW!
£250 Serpentine Green Vouchers – These can spent where and how you want in the centre
A brand new bike
A signed and boxed Peterborough United shirt
Football signed by Peterborough United Football Club
X2 tickets to any Peterborough United match
Family ticket for a selected Peterborough United match
4 tickets to The Cresset’s March Comedy Night, with a meal in their restaurant/pub included
A family meal at Sub Xpress in Serpentine Green- Up to the value of £50
Activities, Sports & Games
Archery, Darts, Cricket, Basketball, Football, Rowing, Gym, Special Olympics, Boccia, Seated Exercise, Sledge Hockey, Live Video Link Sports, Dance, Zumba, Boxing, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Invictus Bowmen and much, much more.
VIPs and Special Guests
The Mayor of Peterborough, Gillian Beasley, Fiona Onasanya, John Holdich, Megan Horner-Smith, athlete Alice Mason, a Mermaid (yes you did read this correctly) and others to be revealed soon.
Stay tuned to the Inspire Peterborough Facebook page for information in the build up to this amazing event. We’ll let you know of all the changes, additions and must-know news. Everyone is welcome and the event is to showcase the wealth of inclusive and disability sport available in Peterborough for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
We are pleased to confirm that in Staffordshire there will now be 2x Female Adult Disability football sessions taking place across the county for ladies aged 16+ with a disability to take part in fun football activities/ games.
Over the last few years disability football in Staffordshire has continued to grow with there now being opportunities for both adults and youth players to take part in a range of mixed football activities across the county from recreational football and grassroots through to the disability talent pathway. However although we have a number of females taking part in mixed sessions, we are now looking to develop female onlyopportunities starting with Turn Up & Play sessions with an aim of creating female only teams for those that wish to take part in friendly and competitive matches in the near future.
Please see below details regarding new sessions starting soon:
Port Vale Ladies
Start Date Thursday 15th February 2018 Day Thursdays Times 6.15pm-7.15pm Venue Port Vale FC Academy Sports Hall, ST6 1AW (Indoor) Cost £2.50 Contact PVFC Foundation Trust 01782 757066 Further Information Please see the flyer below for further details regarding the session
Start Date Monday 5th February 2018 Day Mondays Times 5.30pm till 6pm Ladies Only, 6pm till 7pm Mixed Venue Stafford College Sports Hall, ST16 2QR (Indoor) Cost £2.50 Contact Debbie Kent 07387200956 Further Information Please see attached flyer for further details regarding the session
If you have any questions regarding the above sessions, please contact Gemma Turner, Football Development Officer (Disability) on 01785 279828 (Ext 208) or Mobile: 07495678661 or email Gemma.Turner@StaffordshireFA.com. Alternatively get in touch with the relevant contact for each session on the flyer.
We are looking for local authorities (adult social care and public health) to collaborate with.
Disability Rights UK is working with local partners to increase opportunities for disabled people to get active through working with social care, health and public health colleagues across the country.
Sport England have funded the Get Yourself Active project for the last three years to build relationships across disabled peoples organisations, social care, health and the sport sector. We have made particular progress in improving outcomes for people in receipt of personal budgets and we are working towards demonstrating the impact of this on level of service use. Essentially, we believe that we can show that as a result of better approaches to knowledge and information about physical activity, people will start to use public services differently.
We have just announced that our project has been extended by one year starting from February 2018. In year four we would like to find areas with an interest in exploring this approach so that we can share our evidence base and models of practice as well as measure the impact of this.
Please do get in touch with Leanne Wightman at firstname.lastname@example.org if any of the above interests you.
You are invited to the I Can Make a Pledge event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to help celebrate the end of the first phase of the I Can Make It project, led by Disability Rights UK and funded by Comic Relief
Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018 Time: 10am start followed by networking lunch; optional afternoon workshops Venue: Financial Times Office, One Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HL Cost: Free of charge
The I Can Make It (ICMI) campaign by Disability Rights UK will come to the end of its first phase, funded by Comic Relief, in March 2018. The campaign was launched to create job opportunities for young disabled people by generating social value in the procurement of public services. See our website for more background information on the campaign
With the help of our Champions, all of whom are young disabled people, we have made significant progress to date. We’ve supported procurement teams and commissioners in several local authorities nationally with their social value policies and processes; met with MPs, Councillors and Mayors to gain political support; and we’ve evolved to offer support in social value to corporate businesses. We’ve left almost no corner of England untouched, having met with local authorities in the southwest through to the northeast…and that was just one week of the campaign! Our Champions have also progressed, gaining knowledge, confidence and skills.
All of this is fantastic and a credit to our Champions, but what really matters now is creating real jobs for real people. Until we see more young disabled people gaining and keeping employment as a direct result of the campaign, we won’t have achieved our desired outcome. The “I Can Make a Pledge” event is intended to bring together all the
friends we’ve made so far – in addition to inviting some new friends – as we come to the close of this first phase. We are asking all of the local authorities and businesses to either pledge a specific number of jobs for young disabled people, or pledge to make it a requirement of some of the services that they contract. We’ll be asking Mayors and Councillors for a pledge of more political support. Pledges can be made in advance of the event (see details below), or on the day. How and what you decide to pledge is up to you, but we will support you with your aims. The event will also be a fantastic opportunity to meet our Champions, chat to the ICMI and Disability Rights UK team, make new contacts and discuss ideas on getting more young disabled people into employment. We will also have some fantastic guest speakers. An agenda will be sent to confirmed guests nearer the time.
Please put the date in your diary now but above all, have a think about what your organisation can do to give young disabled people an opportunity to participate in your workforce. You can e-mail us anytime with your pledge or any queries at: email@example.com or call us on 0207 250 8180
Formal invitations will follow in the New Year – please either share this message, or let us know of anyone else who you think may be interested in attending.
Disability Rights UK extends its thanks to The Financial Times for kindly hosting this event for us.
You are invited to WheelPower’s Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp on Saturday 10th February at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Passionate about sport? Want to try something new? Why not join WheelPower for their Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp running on the 10th February at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Get active this winter, for more info see:
If events like these are of interest to you, or you want to find out about disability sport opportunities in your area, then sign up for their FREE newsletter and receive updates straight to your inbox.
This event will be of interest to employers and Human Resources and will include keynote contributions from National Apprenticeship Service, Access to Work, Disability Confident, local government, business representatives, training providers and organisations.
Delegates will talk about:
Funding reforms, the Apprenticeship Levy and additional payments for employers and providers
Advantages of being an inclusive employer and recruiting disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns
Reasonable adjustments to make the workplace inclusive and accessible
Support available to disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns including Access to Work
We will also hear stories from young disabled trainees/apprentices
This event will take place on:
6 February 2018
10:00 am- 16:30 pm
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road,
London N7 6PA
Please advise as soon as possible if you have any access, dietary, or other requirements with regard to attending and participating in this the event. If you require a BSL interpreter, could you please let us know before 6 January 2018.
Resource for London has free parking for registered Blue Badge holders based on availability: please email your details in advance – date, name, car registration and the name of the event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspire Peterborough, Oak Activities and The Mobility Aids Centre have worked hard to create our very own inclusive health and wellbeing centre, one that’ll cater to everybody!
Based in Stanground, Peterborough they are providing the perfect go-to destination for all of Peterborough and the nearby villages. Excited to know more? Read on! WE CAN NOW ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE OPENING ON 1 NOVEMBER 2017 with two action-packed days a week for you to enjoy!
Earlier this summer we hosted an open day that SAW a near 100 people – including the Mayor and a television actress – come and check out not only what we will have to offer, but share their views and ideas also.
Once you enter the doors at Amilly Fitness you will have the chance for an all-inclusive workout, you can have fun and take part in classes. Also, it’s a chance to meet new people, set up a routine to live your week by, and yes, we’ll have refreshments on offer. So whether you’re looking to add something to your weekly schedule, or you want to meet new people, Amilly Fitness will be providing a platform for you to do both with.
Tom of Oak Activities insisted there’d be something for everyone to enjoy, saying,
“for the seated exercise class; aimed at 50+ and adults with disabilities. This fun class which is aimed at all levels and abilities: focus on strength and conditioning and the major muscles groups. The aim of the class is to improve balance, strength and movement in arms, legs and hands.”
Looking for more reasons to come and see what Amilly Fitness has to offer? Tom further added
“We want the gym to offer something other gyms do not offer – a non judgemental place for adults to come and improve their fitness without feeling self-conscious. A safe and welcoming gym where people can get fitter then have a cup of tea with friends.”
Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place to come and spend your Mondays and Wednesdays? We think so! With our fully-trained gym staff, our Inspire team located nearby, and much, much more, you’ll have an experience that’ll keep you coming back for more for just £2 per session.
We also have room for you to join the team in some capacity. If you’re looking to gain some experience or add a new reference to your CV then Amilly can help you. We’re always on the look-out for both gym instructors and refreshment assistants. Contact us or you want to meet new people and gain new skills.
Stay tuned to our social media for all updates, timetables, vacancies and much, much more.
This is quite simply just the beginning, and although we’re already giving you a lot to keep you entertained, we’re aiming to grow with your demands, preferences and needs.
Kenneth from Inspire is adamant that Amilly Fitness will be like nothing that went before it.
“People want a place they can visit that will refresh and reinvigorate them both mentally and physically”, he said. “Amilly Fitness will be just that. I myself was a carer for my Mother, and a place like this would’ve been not only beneficial for her, but carers like myself”,
“We wanted to create something unique, something that would get the city of Peterborough and the surrounding areas talking. I think we’ve done just that and on November 1st you will all get to see what the entire team has spent months working on. I, for one, can’t wait to welcome you the Amilly Fitness family”,
WE ARE AMILLY FITNESS AND WE’RE HERE FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING NEEDS!
Who are we? Amilly Fitness, part of Inspire Peterborough an inclusive and disability sport project of Disability Peterborough
Where are we? Amilly House, Stanground, by The Mobility Aids Centre 88 South Street, Stanground, PE2 8EZ