At Wincanton Sports Ground, we are very keen to give everybody a chance to take part in Sport and Physical Activity, and we currently offer activities to people with disabilities. We have games such as kurling and boccia, both of which can be adapted to allow people in wheelchairs to take part.
Back in March, Wincanton Sports Ground was fortunate enough to receive funding from the Somerset FA to help set up football sessions for adults with disabilities. The funding received allowed us to put on 10 free sessions, allowing local adults to keep active and improve their football skills. As well as health benefits, the sessions also provide a fantastic social aspect allowing participants to meet new people. Max Yarrow, a regular participant at the session and a member of Thorngrove Garden Centre, commented that ‘it is good exercise, and I have fun doing it.’ Thorngrove manager, Caroline Bottomley, who brings over a group every week stated that the sessions ‘have been a fun way to get fit and learn to work as a team. All of our group enjoy going every week.’
Wincanton Sports Ground adult diasbility football sessions. Photo by Terry Fisher.
Although we have now used all of the funding, it has been decided that the sessions will still continue to run on our astro, and be led by a qualified coach. Sessions will run every Monday afternoon until the end of September, from 2-3pm, at a small cost of £2 per session
After hearing about the sessions, Mrs Pattemore from King Arthurs asked if a group of Year 10 boys could attend and assist with the sessions. Both Wincanton Sports Ground and the adults who attend the sessions were more than happy to have the group come down to help with the activities. On the first session the students got stuck straight in, and all partnered up with participants helping them with their passing skills. In other sessions the students helped set up penalty shootouts, demonstrated drills and skills, helped set up and put away equipment, helped with tactics in a game and encouraged the particpants. Having the students help really benefited the participants, and regular attendee Neil says ‘having the boys here is really fun. They help you play well and encourage you’, while another regular, Max, said ‘the sessions were fun and energetic and the boys are really helpful.’ Overall the boys did a fantastic job, and did themselves and the school proud! We look forward to hopefully having them back next spring when the sessions restart.
King Arthurs students help out with the sessions.
The sessions would not have been able to start without the kind support and help from the Somerset FA and especially Rachael Edwards, the disability officer at the Somerset FA. The Sports Ground would like to take the opportunity to thank them for the funding that has allowed us to give adults with disabilities the opportunity to take part in Sport. In order to allow the sessions to continue and grow, it is vital that the event is promoted as much as possible so if you, or you know of anyone who may be interested in attending the sessions or using any of the equipment we have here at the Sports Ground, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me by either emailing email@example.com or calling 01963 31815.
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