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Inclusion introduces Physical Literacy sessions

The Swans Community Trust’s Inclusion project has this week launched a new Physical Literacy programme.

Designed to support young disabled peoples’ transition into community clubs, the programme will be delivered by the Inclusion project in partnership with Bridgend Sports Developments AYPD (Active Young People Department).

The 10-week programme is designed to develop and strengthen participants’ fundamental movement skills, as well as balance, speed, agility and coordination. The aim of doing so is to help children feel more confident when attending a sports club for the first time.

Held every Monday from 5-7pm at Brackla Sports Centre – and delivered by our community coaches aided by volunteers including Morgan Phillips, Matthew Daly, Ffion Higginson and Katrin Higginson - the sessions have been split into impairment specific groups focusing on those with an intellectual disability, visual impairment and hearing impairment.

“This is yet again an extremely exciting programme for us at the Community Trust and something a little bit different,” said Richard Jones, the Trust’s Senior Inclusion Manager.

“We can all relate to how intimidating it can be starting something new for the very first time and this is even more apparent for children with a disability starting at a sports club.

“The idea is that these sessions will not only improve childrens’ core skills, but more importantly develop their confidence and self-esteem.

“At the end of the 10 weeks, we will be working with the AYPD to offer suitable exit routes for the children who have taken part, into more traditional community clubs,” he finished.

Launched last season, the Inclusion project aims to enhance and develop the Community Trust’s offerings to ensure that sports sessions are accessible to people with a disability.

Throughout the course of the season, the initiative implemented inclusive tennis sessions, created a Swans Down’s Syndrome football team for both adults and children, and has recently launched an array of summer cycling and sports camps for those with a disability.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Richard@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk as places are limited.


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