Disability Sports Steering Group
We are working with members of the Local Authority and sports providers within the borough to increase the amount of sports activities available for all children with disabilities.
As a direct result of this group:
- Multi Sports daytime sessions have been held at the YMCA during the school holidays
- Para active sessions have been held once a week after school – activities have included football, archery, dance, tennis and wheelchair basketball
- Regular swimming sessions are held during the school holidays
- Arts sessions are held during the school holidays
- Para athletics sessions have been held
We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions.
Havering Youth Service
Havering Youth Service work with a range of young people, catering for a variety of needs. The following three projects focus on working with young people with disabilities and additional needs, providing a varied programme of positive and healthy activities:
Revellers (Junior ages 11 to 16) at the myplace centre, Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill every Tuesday 6:45pm – 8:45pm. A range of life skill projects, team games and positive activities.
Revellers (Senior ages 17 to 24) at the Robert Beard Centre, High Street, Hornchurch every Thursday 7pm – 9pm. A range of life skill projects, team games and positive activities.
Swim & Gym (ages 12 – 24) at Hornchurch Sports Centre, Hornchurch Road every Sunday 11am – 1pm. A health & wellbeing and physical development programme for young people.
If you would like more information on these projects or the wider youth service offer contact 01708 376004/450609
Many ski centres now offer adaptive skiing. To find out more information contact them directly or you can also contact Disability Snowsport UK
Quick guide to adaptive skiing:
Four-track : Skiers stand using two skis plus handheld ‘outriggers’ or a ‘walker’ frame in order to help lateral control and balance.
Three-track: Uses one ski and two handheld outriggers – usually for those with above the knee amputations.
Bi-ski: Seated skiing using two skis and optional handheld outriggers. A bi-ski offers greater stability than a mono-ski.
Mono-ski: Seated using a single ski and handheld outriggers – requires the greatest balance and strength.
Blind skiing: Skiing with the help of an instructor and sometimes electronic aids.
Cognitive skiing: A two-ski and pole system, but with the aid of instructors who are connected to the skier by tethers or ‘spacers’.
Snowboarding: Adapted for various types of disability.