Sports club for young disabled

A NEW sports club is being launched in Rushden designed specifically for young disabled people.

The Young Inclusive People (YIP) Club will be open to people aged between 10 and 25 who want to have a go at a variety of sports including archery, trampoline, table tennis, basketball, boccia, new age kurling, street dance and gymnastics.

The club is being launched next month and will run twice a month on a Tuesday, with young people’s parents, guardians and carers also able to attend for free.

Roger Lovesay, head of policy and development at Cultural Community Partnerships, which runs the Pemberton Centre on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We ran a sports taster event for disabled young people earlier this year which attracted more than 130 people and their carers from across the county.

“They told us they would like somewhere away from school where they could have fun, socialise and take part in activities at their own pace.

“The club will be very informal and we hope to generate a friendly atmosphere.

“The launch event will give us a chance to talk to young people about what they would like to do and we hope many of their parents and carers will come along and get involved in the fun.

“Everyone knows how well our paralympians have done and it would be great if we could help more young people to become future champions.”

The club will be open to young disabled people from across the county and has received funding from Northamptonshire County Council.

It will have access to specialist sports equipment such as shorter bows which are more suitable for archers to use if they are in wheelchairs.

The launch event will take place at the Pemberton Centre from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, November 11.

Admission for youngsters is 2 per session and refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact activity co-ordinator Jackie Ackroyd on 01933 350324 or e-mail jackie.ackroyd@culturalcommunitypartnerships.org.uk.