The Get Active programme was originally started by Leap, the Buckinghamshire County Sports Partnership organisation, and its primary aim was to support adults with physical and learning disabilities to be more active. Sessions delivering activities such as football, multi-sports, rounders and dance, all of which focus on building the physical skills of individuals and boosting their confidence in using local community sports provision, have been run in partnership with local leisure providers over the past 2 years.
Since September 2016 WWSET has been delivering a Monday morning football session at Wycombe Leisure Centre on behalf of Leap and as part of the Get Active programme. Following the success of this session, which is led by WWSET’s Social Inclusion manager Aqeel Akram, we were approached by Leap and asked to consider taking over the running of two additional Get Active multi-sports clubs, one based in Chesham and the other in Stoke Mandeville.
Considering that providing sports participation opportunities and improving the health of people in and around High Wycombe are central to WWSET’s charitable aims, we didn’t think twice about accepting!
WWSET recognise that sport and physical activity play a powerful role in the lives of people with disabilities, and with Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire being the birthplace of the Paralympics, WWSET have an unprecedented opportunity to inspire people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity, as well as increasing their levels of social interaction and realising the multiple benefits that this can bring.
To date, more than 250 adults with learning disabilities have access sport and physical activity sessions linked to the project, and WWSET is certainly hopeful that these numbers will increase going forward due to the new sessions we shall be delivering beginning in October 2017.
Aqeel had this to say about the new sessions:
“Delivering the existing Monday morning Get Active session over the past year has been brilliant. The participants who attend thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to get together with each other and judging by the amount of laughter and smiles they all seem to have a great time. I’m really looking forward to beginning the new sessions and thank Leap for the opportunity.”
The exact details of the sessions WWSET will be delivering can be seen below but should you require any more information please feel free to call the WWSET office on 01494 455734, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.