Disability sport programme

Disability sport and activities

Any type of physical activity can play a beneficial part in enabling disabled people to cope better with the effects of their disability.  Positive outcomes maybe physical, in terms of strength and fitness, and mentally, in terms of the social benefits. There are a variety of sport and physical activities for disabled people to take part in and enjoy within Calderdale. 

Activities for children and young people age 6 - 19

Saturday Sports Zone

Session delivery consists of group warm up activities or when required, individual exercises appropriate to the ability and range of movement of the young person. Activities delivered within the two sessions are a variety of recognised disability sports and adapted mainstream sports which are fully inclusive for all participants.

Delivery and session times

Saturdays 9am-12 noon (term time only)

The session is split into two 90 minute sessions:

9 am - 10.30 am - young people with low to medium support needs, and

10.30 - 12 noon - young people with high support needs and wheelchair users.

At North Bridge Leisure Centre

Disability Swimming Lessons

The lessons are for children & young people aged 5 – 18 years, and are led by appropriately trained instructors.

Delivery and session times

6.30 - 7.00 pm at Brighouse Pool & Fitness Centre

Halifax pool
5.00 - 5.30 pm (non-swimmers)

Halifax pool
5.30 - 6.00 pm (improvers)

Jam Packed Summer

A 4 week summer scheme for disabled young people aged 8-19 years. Based at Ravenscliffe High School, the team of sports coaches have full access to all sport and leisure areas (excluding the swimming pool) The internal layout and provision of equipment, including required auxiliary aids within the school, ensures that all disabled young people wishing to attend the programme will be fully accommodated.

Delivery and session times

8 - 11 years - 9 am - 3 pm

12 - 15 years - 9 am - 3 pm

16 - 19 years - 9 am - 4 pm

At Ravenscliffe High School

Greetland Goldstars - Disability Football Programme

Weekly indoor football coaching sessions at Shaw Lodge Mill 3gi complex, delivered by qualified football coaches from Greetland Goldstars FC. Qualified club coaches provide coaching and participation opportunities for young people covering two age ranges aged 7 - 12 years and 12 - 16 years.

Delivery and session times

11 am - 12 noon

At Shaw Lodge Mill 3gi Complex

‘Gifted and Talented’ Disability Sports Programme (formerly Calderdale Cougars)

Participation and specialist coaching delivered in established disability sport programmes such as ‘Sports Zone’ along with PE and disability sports development within schools has resulted in children and young people developing their sport and leisure skills in sports specific activities. With a view to further developing, attracting new participants and sustaining involvement, weekly athletics related sessions, including wheelchair racing will be delivered by qualified sports coaches. Throughout programme delivery, regional participation and coaching opportunities will be identified maximising the potential of the young people attending.

Delivery and session times

4 - 5 pm

At North Bridge Leisure Centre (term time only)

Wheelchair Sports Programme

Enabling children and young people to experience, participate and receive coaching using ‘specialist’ disability sport equipment. Regular coaching sessions are delivered at various venues providing opportunities for skills and techniques relative to a selection wheelchair sport activities.

Participation by children and young people will also assist in increasing confidence and enable them to participate in wheelchair specific and generic sport and leisure activities.

Delivery and session times

Sessions take place at various venues.

For further information, times and dates, please contact:
Debbie.greenwood@calderdale.gov.uk 01422 341527

Athletics - Halifax Harriers

Halifax Harriers Athletics Club is a mainstream club who have ‘disport’ section within the club. Children and young people who would like to join the club will receive coaching and instruction from qualified coaches in various athletic disciplines whilst being fully included in the overall operation of the sports club.

Delivery and session times

Tuesdays and Thursdays
7 - 8.30 pm

At Spring Hall Sports Facility

Trampoline Sessions

A popular activity experienced by children and young people within our regular generic programmes. An ‘out of school’ programme commencing in June 2016 will enable children and young people to participate in regular trampoline coaching sessions.

Delivery and session times

4 - 6 pm (half hour sessions)

At North Bridge Leisure Centre

‘Fun Swim’ Sessions

As part of the overall swimming development programme in Calderdale we have 2 disability specific swimming lesson programmes running at Halifax Pool and Brighouse Pool & Fitness Centre. With a view to supporting these programmes, we are planning to deliver ‘fun swim’ sessions for disabled children and young people with a main aim of building water confidence in the water prior to young people progressing to their involvement in the structured swimming lesson scheme.

Delivery and session times

Sessions will take place at Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge Pool & Fitness centres on a Sunday afternoon.

Please contact:
Debbie.greenwood@calderdale.gov.uk 01422 341527 for information on dates and times.

Activities for adults

Adult Disability Swimming Sessions

Taking place in the teaching pool, weekly swimming sessions take place with a qualified instructor.

Delivery and session times

7.30 - 8.30 pm

At Halifax Pool

Multi-sport Options

Working with internal and regional partners, disability sport and mainstream sport and leisure options are regularly evolving. The Disability Sport Programme will be responsive to the progression and development and demand for different activities.

Projected additional activities may include cycling (including the National Bikeability Programme), Snow Tubing, additional ‘extra-curricular’ coaching and working with National Governing Bodies of sports, to identify further ‘sports specific’ opportunities.

More information

For further information on any of the programmes and sessions, please contact Debbie Greenwood, Disability Sports Development Officer.

Email: Debbie.greenwood@calderdale.gov.uk
Telephone: 01422 341527