Inclusive sports programme set to expand in West Oxfordshire

A successful sports programme created in 2014 for young people with disabilities or behavioural difficulties is being expanded across West Oxfordshire as it enters its second year.

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Inclusive Sports Opportunities (ISO) project offers 14 to 25-year-olds with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) the opportunity to have a go at a variety of sports.

Since its launch, nearly 280 young people with SEND have taken part in activities ranging from basketball, dance and football to tag rugby, boccia and climbing.

Regular Multi-Sports Clubs are now running every Thursday and Friday at the Windrush Leisure Centre and during the school and college holidays young people can attend a full day of Holiday Club activities on Thursdays.

Sports programmes are being delivered to some local schools and Abingdon and Witney College. The Council is also working with local sports clubs, helping and advising them on how to become more inclusive.

As the Inclusive Programme enters its second year, plans are in place for a Multi-Sports club in Carterton and more secondary schools have indicated that they would like to offer inclusive sessions.

ISO is a three-year project part-funded by the Council alongside a £70k Lottery grant from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund in recognition of the District Council’s work towards making sport more accessible.

The Council works closely with Oxfordshire County Council (Children’s Disability Services), Abingdon and Witney College, the West Oxfordshire Early Intervention hub, Springfield School, Special Educational Needs Coordinators at all secondary schools, families, community sports clubs and its own leisure contractor GLL as part of the project.

For more information about the inclusive activities in West Oxfordshire, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/leisure or www.facebook.com/WestoxonISO