Due to the current Covid-19 crisis some sessions, activities and competitions might not be running or restarted yet, please contact providers direct for any updates or information on their current situation, or contact Kaity Hall firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Enable Leisure & Sport services strive to ensure that there are opportunities for everyone across the borough to be active. We aim to enhance awareness of inclusive and disability sessions that cater for children, young people and adults with a disability.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but we have still be able to provide some of our activities for young people throughout this time, please see our 2020 Report here
Paralympic Celebration Festivals
In partnership with Disability Sports coach we will be hosting two Paralympic Celebration festivals to showcase different sports and opportunities that are available in the Borough.
The events will take place on Shillington Gardens, Este Road and at Sacred Heart Primary school from 3.30pm-5.30pm. To book a place please register on the following Eventbrite link Paralympic Celebration Festival Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
We currently run two specific disability sessions through the Short Breaks Grant details, Watersports and DanceAbility.
Watersports sessions running at Wimbledon Watersports centre throughout the year. These sessions give children and young people with Learning or Physical Disabilities, the opportunity to try a variety of Watersports such as sailing, kayaking and canoeing. This session is inclusive, and we encourage siblings and friends to come along. More details can be found here.
‘I can interact with other people on the boat. It allows me to get a bit more active. I like taking part independently.’
DanceAbility sessions are aimed at all children with a disability to participate in a fun session of Music, Dance and Yoga lead by our wonderful instructors Nik and Harriet! The sessions run out of George Shearing centre throughout the year. More details can be found here.
‘It’s wonderful for her to be physically active. She doesn’t access sport that much and I like the idea of her exercising. It is great for her to have something that is ‘hers’ and that the activity allows her to meet and socialise on her own terms. It has been very valuable for her.’
DanceAbility online was a great success with the participants still able to experience the class from their own home. A couple of our parents were happy to pass on their views of the sessions;
‘We weren’t sure how Danceability would work on zoom but after a short hesitation , Edie got really involved and loved the session. It was really nice to see her friends and there was lots of interaction between everyone. The sessions are flexible and we have already put in song requests for next week. –Parent of DanceAbility participant’
“Oliver has participated and enjoyed his Danceability sessions at George Shearing Centre since there return after COVID-19 restrictions eased. Being able to interact with others and take part in a group activity has been a huge boost to his well being. Now the sessions have moved online via ZOOM he has adapted very well and continues to enjoy them.
Oliver is always excited to start his Danceability sessions. Being at home he can now invite his brother and sister to join in to make it a whole family experience.
In addition to the benefits of the physical activity of dancing and movement his desire to communicate his enjoyment of the sessions has increased too.” -Parent of DanceAbility participant’
Get Out Get Active (GOGA)
Through our Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme we provide opportunities for inclusive activity for all and in partnership with the Aiming High Grant Scheme from Wandsworth Borough Council we aim to provide low cost opportunities specifically for young people throughout Wandsworth.
GOGA has been instrumental in changing our way of thinking, development of current programmes and looking towards a more inclusive Wandsworth. The GOGA project has since finished but sessions are still running under our Active Lifestyles banner or through our other partners. Please see our end of project report here. Information on current GOGA, or previous GOGA sessions can be found here.
At Home Challenges
Over lock down we linked up with a couple of providers to support with some at Sports and Physical Activity Challenges or fun activities that the whole family can do. If you are looking for some activities to do at home over the summer please see the links below for a couple of our more popular sessions.
Yoga delivered by Live Karma Yoga – Special Needs Yoga.mp4 – Google Drive
DanceAbility delivered by Unraval Dance – Dance Floor Stretch Session
For U25’s please visit the thrive website to find out more information about the WAND card and the benefits to registering with Wandsworth Borough Councils WAND Scheme. https://thrive.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/home.page
We also have strong links with clubs and specific disability clubs across the borough and hope to support them further with inclusive practices and promotion of their activities. Current disability sessions can be found here.
We also support the coordination of Special Schools Competitions in Wandsworth in line with the London Youth Games calendar and with School Games Officer, there are a wide range of opportunities for a wide range of impairment groups and students from mainstream and special schools alike. For the latest calendar please click here or contact your child’s school for more information.
If you have any other questions, comments or queries regarding disability sport, please do not hesitate to contact our Sports Development Officer Kaity Hall on email@example.com or 0203 959 0038