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Parallel is coming to Scotland

Thursday 14th June 2018

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!

In other news: Maya the determined wheelchair racing whizz kid!

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

FREE sports and physical activity tasters for people with a visual impairment.

Friday 8th June 2018

Come and enjoy Tennis, Zumba, Football, Goalball, Climbing, Athletics,
Gym instruction and more!

There are great facilities at Westway with an excellent climbing wall and football training provided by Fulham Football club and so much more.

Free Entry- Closing Date 16th June

Date: Saturday 7th July,  Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: Westway Sports Centre, London W10 6RP

Open to all ages; young people 8+, adults and older people.
Siblings and friends welcome.
Meet and greet service available from Latimer Rd station.
More details and to register: or
Contact: Alex 07929 356428 or

Brought to you by British Blind Sport, London Vision, RSBC, Illuminate Freedom.

In other news: British Blind Sport are a National Disability Sport Organisation. What does that mean? Find out in our Glossary of terms.

Can Do Community Sail Event on 23rd June

Thursday 7  June 2018

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

Community Sail Event poster 

Please let us know if you can make it by contacting Can Do Programme Coordinator Carrie Tse at: or 07872 048 624.

In other news: After my first sail I was hooked, I loved it!

England Netball Needs You!

Tuesday 5 June 2018

England Netball are looking for individuals with a hearing impairment to be a part of a deaf netball pilot at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on Sunday the 15th July.

Over the next year, England Netball will be working with UK Deaf Sport to develop a deaf netball classification and we need your help!

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: 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.

Date: Sunday July 15th, 2018

Venue: English Institute of Sport, Sheffield

Entry Deadline:  Sunday June 22nd, 2018

Price: Free

In other news: In Yorkshire? the Special Olympic Coaching Bursary Scheme is now open until 11th June. 

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

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

Register online for the London VI Sport and Physical Activity Day

In other news Goalball uk unches national schools- competition programme



WheelPower will be running their latest Feel Inspired Primary Sport Camp on Wednesday 23rd May at UEA Sportspark in Norwich

Tuesday 1 May 2018

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.

Camp Information:

​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.

To register please click here

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


In other news: The England Talent Day for football players with disabilities aged 7-16 will be held this Sunday (6th May). 

World Snooker Disability Day 2018

Tuesday 24 April 2018

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.


For the second consecutive year World Snooker Disability Day will form part of the #Cue4All initiative organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which aims to promote the inclusive nature of snooker and billiards.

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.

In other news:Free Wheelchair Ballroom Masterclass with World Champion Pawel Karpinksi

Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport

Friday 20th April

 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

To Book: Online with Living Sport at

Any Questions: Contact Rebecca Evans on 849929, or 07739 655062

For more information including on how to get to the venue please look at the original article at Inspire Peterborough.

In other news: The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football – Inclusive Course

Free Wheelchair Ballroom Masterclass with World Champion Pawel Karpinksi

Tuesday 17th April 2018

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.

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

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:

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 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

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


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



To be held:

Mile End Stadium,

Rhodeswell Road,


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

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)
  • DEAF (male)
  • DEAF (female)

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


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

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:

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 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.


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
Telephone: 01926 424 247 or 07929 356428

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

Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 14 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are interested then please get in touch with Michala Wild as soon as possible as places are limited. Email Michala Wild at 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


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

Monday 12 February 2018

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

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

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

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

Workshops available to attend are:

Communities Approach – Kathryn Mudge, Yorkshire Sport Foundation

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

Data & Insight – Rob Harvey, Doncaster Council

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

Book your FREE place

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

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

Leeds Deaf Juniors Football Club

Monday 12 February 2018

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

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

A different topic will be covered each session.

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

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

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Download the PDF here

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

Independent Travel Training in Doncaster

Monday 12 February 2018

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





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

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

Who is Independent Travel Training for?

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

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

Who can make a referral?

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

 Training can help a Young Person gain:

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

For more information contact:

Telephone: 01302 737214


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

The ‘Good Mood League’ is looking for committee members

Friday 9 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Rugby Sessions

Friday 9 February 2018

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

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

Fullerians RC – Tuesdays 18:30

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Harpenden RFC – Thursdays 18:30-19:30

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Hertford RFC – Wednesdays 17:30-18:30

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Mill Hill RFC – Thursdays 18:30-19:30

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Welwyn RFC – Thursdays 14:00-15:00

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

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

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

Friday 9 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

The day will include activities such as:

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there.


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

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

Thursday 8 February 2018

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

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

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

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

Proprietor Jo McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone that would like to donate: and companies wishing to sponsor should get in touch with Rein and Shine directly.

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

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


New Rhythm Moves session

Thursday 8 February 2018

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

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

In other news: Keep up to date with the Get Yourself Active project by signing up to our monthly newsletter

Free – Visual Impaired Sport and Physical Activity Taster Day Liverpool

Thursday 8 February 2018

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

Adapted cycling for VI people

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

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

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

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

Coaching Blind Footballers Course to be held in Leeds

Thursday 8 February 2018

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

Laura Turner playing Blind Football


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

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

Please follow this link to find more information on the Coaching Blind Footballers course

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 or Tel: 0113 282 1222 (Option 3) or Mob: 07540 127683.

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

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

Tuesday 6 February 2018

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

Racerunning taster event

17 February 2018

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

Find out more

Discover disability gymnastics

10 and 17 March 2018

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

Find out more

Frame Football Development event

18 March 2018

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

Find out more



National Swimming Championships

25 March 2018

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

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

Find out more



CP Sport Athletics Series – Kingston upon Thames

07-08 April 2018

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

Find out more



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

You are invited to Sporting Saturday in Peterborough

Monday 5 February 2018

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

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

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

The details

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018

Time: 11am to 4pm

Tickets: Book for free here

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

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

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

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

Will there be prizes and goodies?: See below

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

The Raffle

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

Activities, Sports & Games

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

VIPs and Special Guests

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

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



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

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

Friday 2 February 2018

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

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

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

Free of charge:

Friday 9th  March
Friday 16th March

£3 per session:

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

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

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


New Turn Up and Play Centre opens in Leeds

Friday 2 February 2018

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

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

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

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Free of charge:

Friday 9th  March
Friday 16th March

£3 per session:

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

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

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

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


Nottingham RaceRunning Taster Sessions

Friday 2 February 2018

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

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

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

Time:  10am–12pm

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

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

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

For registration and other information

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

New – Female adult disability football sessions

Thursday 1 February 2018

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

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

Please see below details regarding new sessions starting soon:

  • Port Vale Ladies

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


  • Whych Ladies

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


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


WheelPower invites you to join its Primary Sports Camp

We are looking for local authorities to collaborate with

Wednesday 31 January 2018

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 if any of the above interests you.

Save the Date: I Can Make a Pledge

Wednesday 31 January 2018

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.

The event:
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: 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.

WheelPower invites you to join its Primary Sports Camp

Monday 15 January 2018

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: or contact us on 01296 395995 or

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.

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Disability Rights UK is pleased to invite you to attend our seminar: Into Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Supported Internships

Thursday 7 December 2017

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

Click here to register 

Agenda to follow.

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

The nearest tube station is Holloway Road.

For further directions:

This is a free event.

Want to learn more about another one of Disability Rights UK’s projects? Sign up to Get Yourself Active’s newsletter to keep up to date about its upcoming webinar series.

Amilly Fitness is here!

Thursday 19 October 2017

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”,

he continued.

“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”,

Kenneth concluded.


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

How to book? Visit or for group bookings please call Inspire on 01733 330815

Further information? If you want to know anything at all then email Inspire Peterborough on, visit our facebook page/amilly-fitness, or call Inspire on 01733330815 or Tom Milner from Oak Activities on 07342036029!

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