Team SportsAble’s Outreach Update

It’s been a busy month for our Sports Development Team and their Outreach Sports Programme! They have been out on the road – and welcoming through our doors – several local groups and schools who are keen raise their awareness of disability through fun and engaging sport sessions.

Groups of Year 8 students from Claire’s Court school have been visiting our Braywick Road sports centre on a weekly basis for a PE lesson with a difference.

So far they have experienced Wheelchair Basketball, Boccia and Air Weapons. With our specialist knowledge and equipment we are able to educate them about the challenges that disabled people face when going about not just the sports court but every day activities as well.

Sports Manager Niall McCaffrey and Sports Development Officer Damian Ng have also been working with a group of Beavers from Furze Platt Scout Group.

The group of 16 youngsters, aged six to eight, have enjoyed a beginners’ archery session with a thrilling ‘pop the balloon’ game as a finale. Big smiles were all around when the medals were presented at the end of the day.

And Team SportsAble were delighted to be invited to the Furze Platt Beavers HQ on a chilly Sunday morning to deliver a disability awareness session so this troupe of Beavers with the aim of helping them earn their Disability Awareness Badge. They had to complete tasks, which included.

  • Talking about how their meeting place could be made disability friendly so that everyone can take part
  • Learning about a Paralympian and their sport
  • Explain what hearing dogs for deaf people do. Why are they helpful?
  • Learning and playing a Disability Inclusive Sport.

Our Outreach sports programme extends to other local disability charities and groups as well and we are so happy to work with groups of any size and ability. Our team of qualified coaches can work on programmes of single or multisports and deliver onsite at SportsAble or in your area.

This month brain injury charity Headway (Thames Valley) enjoyed a fun boccia session with us and the Thames Valley Ataxia Group learnt how to do kurling. Gentle yet enjoyable games such as these stimulate the mind and encourage team play as well as being a great exercise.

Perhaps you know a community group that would like to have a go at one of our sports? We do inclusive sessions for all abilities and disabilities across a range of sports and activities. If you are interested then let us know sportsdevelopmentofficers@sportsable.co.uk