Boost for Hambleton Sportsability Club

Coach Duncan Burgess putting youngsters through their paces.
Coach Duncan Burgess putting youngsters through their paces.
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A CLUB which gives youngsters with special needs and disabilities the chance to take part in community sport has been given a cash boost.

The Hambleton Sportsability Club based in Bedale has received a £500 donation from Broadacres Housing Association.

The club was set up four years ago with funding from Sport England – but with that almost exhausted, new funding streams are needed.

“This grant is great news and enables a club that is very important for these young people to continue,” said Hambleton District Councils 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.

The next club session is on October 20.

For more information contact David Earl on 01609 767202 or