Kirklees Inclusive Sports Project

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Kirklees Inclusive Sports Project

Kirklees Council Community Partnerships initially awarded a grant in 2012 to DSY for a partnership project with Kirklees Council Active Leisure to improve sports provision for disabled people. This was in principle a legacy initiative from the Paralympics.

The project included research into current provision for disabled people and levels of activity, barriers to participation and areas of good practice. DSY collaborated with partners to improve access to and delivery of sport and physical activity for disabled people and responding to expressed need through the provision of taster sessions, club development and training initiatives.

Through the DSY project in Kirklees a number of positive outcomes have been achieved, including:

  • a new on-line initial disability equality training programme for all sports centre staff.
  • an inter-agency collaboration on in-depth disability equality training for staff.
  • a training fund for resources to develop more sporting activities for disabled people.
  • a fund to help clubs/organisations develop new activities for disabled people which has included cycling for visually impaired people, golf, exercise sessions, swimming, rebound therapy/trampolining.
  • the formation of Flame Goalball Club and the Table Tennis Clubs and a new sports and social club at Spenborough to include swimming, exercise classes, athletics, and adapted cycling.
  • a Kirklees sports directory for disabled people.
  • all Kirklees Active Leisure Sports Centres accredited as ‘Safe Places’.
  • an accredited training programme enabling more disabled people to be involved in the running of their clubs
  • all providers encouraged to register on the ‘Shop for Support/Connect to Care’ website.

As with all initiatives we evaluated the impact and used feedback to ensure a quality experience for disabled people.

If you wish to receive further information on this project please contact Fiona Hall, Regional Development Officer on Tel 01924 372382 or email fhall@disabilitysportyorkshire.org