- Multi-sports sessions aimed at young people with sight and hearing impairments
- The national programme is being funded by Sport England, with a focus on London and the West Midlands
- The multi-sports sessions are a number ofactivities being run by national disability charity Sense
National disability charity, Sense has partnered with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable arm of the football club, to deliver a series of accessible sports sessions for young people with sight and hearing impairments and those with complex needs.
The sessions take place at Barnet and Southgate College, Learning Disability Centre of Excellence from 18.00-19.00 every Monday until the 27th February.
The sessions are free to attend and open to anyone aged 14 and over with a visual or hearing impairment, although places are limited. 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 and cricket.
The sessions have 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.
London 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.
Taylor Huxster, 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 multisports sessions provide attendees with the opportunity to try different sports made accessible for people with sight and hearing impairments.”
Parents, families and carers are welcome to attend the sessions which take place every Monday until the 27thFebruary from 18.00 until 19.00, at Learning Disability Centre of Excellence, Southgate Campus, Southgate High St, Southgate, London, N14 6BS. Places are limited.
For more information or to book a place, those who wish to attend should get in touch with the Taylor Huxster at Taylor.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7014 9365.
Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind and have complex needs for over 60 years. There are currently around 356,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. Sense runs services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and employ 2,000 people who work in services directly with deafblind people. Further information can be found on the Sense website – www.sense.org.uk