In May 2017 we awarded Bradford PHAB Club a Les Mills Fund for Children grant to support the club’s programme of multi-sport sessions for children with disabilities. This included a summer sport camps in August which Les Mills UK Instructors volunteered at.
Thanks to the grant, Bradford PHAB Club was able to offer a variety of activities, several for the first time, and events which has given its members experiences that they may not have otherwise considered or enjoyed. Many of the new club members were initially shy and clingy. But following a series of different sports sessions, they have been ABLE to become more confident, made friends, and now attend and take part in activities with little or no encouragement.
The different sport activities on offer helped to promote the importance of physical exercise and the difference it makes to health. By encouraging siblings to also get involved, this impact has benefitted even more young people. Members’ mental health and wellbeing were also positively impacted since the activities reduced isolation and ensured that members are active and make friends.
One young person attended the club intermittently at the start but after involving him in planning the sessions and encouraging his suggestions and ideas, Bradford PHAB Club recognised his particular interest in cricket and organised some cricket sessions for him to take part in. He now attends the club regularly, taking the lead on occasions and encouraging his peers to get involved.
“The sports camps have been very successful with children with special needs and able bodied children mixing together and being able to enjoy a wide range of activities all in the name of inclusion. Our club promotes seeing the ability not the disability and over the last three days this has been abundantly clear with all the children enjoying themselves and most importantly making new friends and learning new skills.”