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In 2015 we launched our disability sport club at the Mary Rose Academy, Portsmouth, to provide opportunities for children and young people with a disability to positively engage in sport and physical activity. 

Mary Rose is the hub of inclusive Physical Education and Sport in Hampshire, providing an exceptional location for us to further support disability sport in Hampshire. The club offers a safe, fun and supportive environment for all children to participate in an exciting and varied array of sports and activities outside of school, from 'Boccia' to 'Goalball'. Lead by a team of professional, qualified and experienced disability sport coaches we also actively engage parents and siblings of those attending in sessions to help build relationships and have an all-round positive impact. 

"It has been very difficult to find an appropriate inclusive sports club for our son Rowan, aged 12, who has complex special needs (including physical, speech and learning difficulties). Planet Education's Disability Club in Portsmouth has provided a very safe, welcoming and stimulating environment for him and he cannot wait to attend every Thursday!  He loves having the independence to try new activities, but with the support and encouragement of coaches Joe, Lee and Rhys who run a balance of both structured and more flexible activities.  The equipment and activities are varied, well thought out and often adapted/specialised to meet his needs.  Rowan is at a stage where he is desperate to have the opportunity socialise and make new friends - he sees both the children and coaches as just that!"

Chris Hiron, Parent of Rowan at our Disability Sports Club, Portsmouth.

 

"The Sports Club has been an amazing addition to my family. When I saw the flyer advertising the club I wasn't sure how involved my children would get as they don't normally get very excited about after school clubs and only generally last a couple of weeks but they absolutely love it. They have gone from being quite timid and not leaving my side at club to fighting to get out of my car and running into the hall to start. The guys who run the club make it great fun for the children and are full of enthusiasm whilst not letting them push their boundaries too much, they just seem to "get" the children and get as much enjoyment out of it as the children. When I recently went to my son's annual review at school they had noticed that since he started at the club he now really looks forward to his P.E. lessons which has never happened before, we are thrilled."

Michelle Elcombe, Parent of Katy and Ben at Disability Sports Club.

 

With the success of the club at the Mary Rose Academy we have also launched additional disability sport clubs at other venues in Hampshire, with plans to expand across other counties in 2016.

If you would like to find out more about our disability sport, get involved or find out how you can support our work please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0800 999 7768.