FREE inclusive sports sessions to launch new project
Free taster sessions are being offered to help launch a new project to increase sports opportunities for young people in West Oxfordshire who have a disability or behavioural difficulty.
The Council's Inclusive Sports Opportunities (ISO) project is organising the sessions for 14 to 25-year-olds with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) to have a go at a variety of sports from basketball, dance and football to tag rugby, boccia and climbing.
The project team also want to take the opportunity to speak to people, find out what is already available locally and which other activities they would like to see introduced.
Sessions will run at:
· Carterton Community College: Friday 25 July, 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm.
· Chipping Norton School: Wednesday 30 July, 11am-12 noon and 1-3pm. These sessions are running as part of a free Play and Activity Day for young people in West Oxfordshire.
· Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney: Wednesday 20 August, 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm.
ISO has been set up after the Council was awarded a £70k Lottery grant from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund in recognition of its work towards making sport more accessible.
The three-year project will see the development of inclusive sports and expansion of existing activities, as well as work with local clubs to help them to become more inclusive.
Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for leisure and communities, said: “These free taster sessions will kick off this exciting project and give young people with disabilities or behavioural difficulties the chance to try a new activity and get on the path to becoming involved in sport.
“Our Council has been working really hard to make progress in this area and the funding we’ve received for the project recognises this. We are looking forward to building upon the success of recent years and hope this will help to make a difference to lives of these young people and their families.”
The Council will be working closely with Oxfordshire County Council (Children's Disability Services), Abingdon and Witney College, the West Oxfordshire Early Intervention Hub, Springfield School, Special Educational Needs co-ordinators at all secondary schools, families, community sports clubs and its own leisure contractor GLL as part of the project.
For more information about the free taster sessions, call 01993 861080.
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