If you have a disabled child and you are looking for a fun, friendly place for them to enjoy sport and socialising then they – and you – will feel right at home at SportsAble.
Several times a year SportsAble holds a ‘Sunday Funday’ which gives physical and sensorially disabled children and their siblings a chance to explore sport and fun games in their own time, at their own speed and always with a lot of laughter and a lot of support from SportsAble volunteers.
Most of our sports here offer some sort of accessible alternative so that even those with very severe physical impairments can participate.
For instance, a member who is a retired precision engineer has tailormade adaptations to a crossbow so that children who can’t even isolate their finger movements can shoot – and reach – a target.
We also offer polybat, an adapted form of table tennis, where we get the children to use a larger, lighter ball, a larger bat and the table has guards on it to prevent the balls from escaping.
As well as always being able to adapt equipment for our kids’ club we offer three sports that are made just for disabled people. They are Boccia, Goalball and New Age Kurling.
Children who come to us are often those who are excluded from fully taking part in PE lessons and extracurricular activities at school. They are desperate to try sport that is fun and formatted just for them. And once they discover accessible sport at SportsAble they love it!
Other children come to us because they like the freedom that our large halls give them. They can whizz around in wheelchairs or walkers playing happily with their siblings and friends.
The sessions are open sessions and that means that parents can take their children around to each of the different sports and children can spend as little or as much time as possible at each activity. We always warm up by using bean bag or balloon games and as well as running competitive team sports we offer fun activities such as skittles – and we always have ball ramps available for those who can not hold a ball.
Parents and carers must stay on site but we always try to have as many volunteers as possible at each session so that they can watch their children achieving and having fun.
Refreshments served. Free parking. Cost is £2 donation per child; members: free.
Persimmon Homes, through their Healthy Communities initiative, made a generous award to SportsAble supporting our popular Sunday Funday sports fun sessions for disabled children.