Children and Young People with a Disability
Online activity sessions
Based in Whitstable, Inclusive Sport work across Kent and the South East delivering fully inclusive physical activity sessions to children and adults with additional needs. Working with organisations, charities and care providers to deliver inclusive sports clubs, yoga, relaxation and exercise and fitness classes.
The fund enabled Inclusive Sport to deliver weekly online physical activity sessions to both children and adults with a disability in Thanet. The project engaged a variety of partners including:
- Thanet District Council and Kent County Council to promote and endorse sessions
- Local charities and care providers engaged their service users
- Local sports clubs promoted their clubs allowing exit routes for participants
Inclusive Sport were able to continue their provision during lockdowns without a need to charge. Due to the time it takes to build relationships and connections, this was vital in maintaining relationships with service users. The project increased the organisations exposure across Thanet which in turn will help with future outreach work. For participants the project:
- Provided a social platform and reduced social isolation
- Increased physical activity levels
- Provided an opportunity to try new sports and activities
As parents we have found these online sessions to be very positive and beneficial. Our child has really enjoyed taking part and getting involved. We have found having a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN), they don’t feel they can always be involved, so having these sessions that are tailored for SEN gives them some normality and independence.
Keep sessions engaging – Consider how your sessions can remain fun and engaging for all participants.
Think outside the session – Develop ways you can engage with participants outside of the sessions, create content that participants can access in their own time.
Recruit staff that are relatable. Participants may need extra support to increase their confidence to attend sessions, especially at the start. Recruit staff who can identify and empathise with your participants.
The project revealed that many adults and children with disabilities would love to take part in more physical activity in their community but don’t feel confident to do so. Inclusive Sport is working with Kent Sport to develop Inclusion Awareness Training increase coaches and community groups understanding. Please do get in touch with Kent Sport if this is something you’d be interested in.
We have been incredibly grateful to receive this funding. It has made a significant impact on the people that engage with our sessions especially those in financial hardship or at risk of social isolation.