Christmas comes early for club!

Coaches and youngsters of Bedale Sportsability Club celebrate getting their Christmas bonus.
Coaches and youngsters of Bedale Sportsability Club celebrate getting their Christmas bonus.
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Hambleton’s Sportsability Club has received an early Christmas present – a £1000 donation from the Lance Corporal Ben Hyde Memorial Trust.

Based in Bedale, the club was set up four years ago with funding from Sport England – but with that exhausted, donations from other organisations are needed to keep it running.

The Lance Corporal Ben Hyde Memorial Trust was founded in March 2005 in memory of Ben Hyde from Northallerton, who was one of six Royal Military Policemen killed in June 2003 in Southern Iraq. The Trust supports local community projects, particularly ones that benefit young people.

“The donation is fantastic news and will enable the club to carry on for the foreseeable future,” said Hambleton District Council’s Community Leisure Officer, David Earl.

“We have seen over 80 boys and girls take part in sporting activities in the last four years – and many of them have gone on to join mainstream sports clubs as a result, something they would not have done without the sportsability club.”

The club – which is jointly managed by Sports Special Schools Sport Partnership and the District Council – meets fortnightly on Saturdays. Sessions run from 9.30 – 10.30am for children of primary school age and from10.30 – 11.30 am for older children and young people.

There is a nominal charge of £1 per session. It offers coaching in recognised Sportsability games such as Boccia (a bowls type game suitable for all abilities) as well as in football, cricket and athletics with all classes led by qualified coaches and volunteers.