Inclusive sport taster sessions

Disabled Liverpool adults are being encouraged to get sporty at a free event taking place on Thursday 27 November.

More than 300 people have already joined the weekly ‘Active Me’ programme, which began 14 months ago, and aims to open up opportunities for adults with disabilities to get involved in a range of sporting activities.

From 11am-2.45pm, Wavertree Sports Park will host a series of ‘come and try’ sessions which will give people the chance to try out a variety of sports including tennis, athletics, cricket, netball and cycling.

The activities will be delivered by experienced and accredited coaches and throughout the event, assistants and volunteers will be on hand to help out. They will also be joined by Sports Buddies who have been specifically recruited as part of the initiative to offer initial support to anyone taking up a sport for the first time.

Anyone who wants to take part on Thursday must register at Wavertree Sports Park Tennis Centre at 10.45am.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We want to make it easy for everyone to access sport, and aim to break down any barriers which may prevent disabled people from taking up an activity.

“To have more than 300 people sign up in just over a year is fantastic news, but we know there are still many more adults with disabilities in our communities who may not have the confidence to try something new.

“Thursday’s event is all about showing people that taking up a sport doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect, and the positives that come out of regular physical activity far outweigh any negatives.

“We’re committed to increasing inclusive sports participation at every level and as more people sign up to the Active Me programme we hope to create a legacy of lifelong sport for disabled people.”

Figures show that only 22.6 per cent of people – around 3,200 – living in Liverpool with a limiting disability are involved in physical exercise once a week.

The aim of the Active Me programme is to inspire and motivate disabled people to take up a sport or physical activity such as athletics, dance, badminton and swimming.

There are currently 15 sessions each week taking place at Lifestyles Ellergreen, Garston, Peter Lloyd, Walton, Wavertree Aquatics Centre, Austin Rawlinson, Dovecot Mac and Bradbury Fields VI Centre. A team of ‘Activators’ are on hand to give one-on-one support to participants interested in accessing a particular sport, building their confidence and being on hand to give them advice and help them become as sporty as possible.

To make sure the initiative is as accessible as possible, each session will cost just £2 and the first session is free.

The programme is funded by a £330,000 Sport England Inclusive Sport fund. For more details about Active Me, contact Michelle Messom on 07545200317.