The sessions aim to get more disabled people in England into sport. The national programme is being funded by Sport England, with a focus on the West Midlands. The sports event is one of a number of activities being run by deaf blind charity, Sense, across the West Midlands disability charity, Sense, has launched weekly accessible sports sessions at the Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham for young people with sight and hearing impairments and those with complex needs.
The sessions, run every Thursday, are free to attend and open to anyone aged 14-25 with a visual or hearing impairment. It aims to encourage young people to increase their participation in sports by giving attendees the chance to try a range of inclusive sports, including hockey, tennis, football, cricket and basketball.
The programme has been made possible following a grant of £424,958 from Sport England which was awarded to Sense to increase opportunities for people with deafblindness to participate in sport and physical activity through its ‘Sporting Sense’ project.
The West Midlands is one of the areas that the project will focus on, with Sense delivering a number of activities across the region from now until May 2018. The project will influence the development and delivery of local physical activity plans, which will include working alongside deafblind people.
Callan Barber, Regional Sports Coordinator at Sense said: “Participation in sport has significant physical, mental and emotional benefits, but unfortunately people with sight and hearing impairment encounter barriers accessing it. The multi sports sessions provide participants with the opportunity to try a number of different sports made accessible for people with sight and hearing impairments.”