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Get Yourself Active

How can I get active?
Use the Get yourself Active website to find ways for you to get active in your local area in a way that is right for you. You can also find out about how people are using personal budgets to get active! There are many reasons why it is good to be active but we think that the most important reason is to enjoy yourself and have fun!

For more information go to the website here

Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) Celebration Event

On Friday 10th June 2016 31 athletes from day care centres and SEND schools across the county came to Ellesmere College to participate in the celebratory event. This was an opportunity for them to showcase the skills they had developed through weeks of training and coaching with our inclusive sport coaches, Wayne Gudgeon and Mark Beeby.

See the full report on the event here

If you’re interested in getting involved within the MATP program in Leicestershire or simply want more information on Inclusive Sport throughout the County, please contact us through the following routes:
Email: community@ellesmere.leicester.sch.uk
Twitter: @ActiveEllesmere
Facebook: Search: Active Ellesmere

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Understanding Autism Free Workshop 13th September

Tuesday 13th September 2016 18:00 - 20:00

Autism awareness training for sports coaches, physical activity and community group deliverers.

This two hour autism awareness session provides an introduction to autism in relation to sport and physical activity.

For more information and to book your place please go to the LRS website here

Learning Disability and Sport Free Workshop

Thursday 14th July 2016 18:00 - 21:00

Awareness training for sports coaches, physical activity and community group deliverers.

This workshop has been developed through a partnership between Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain, this workshop looks at learning disability and sport. It aims to help clubs, coaches and providers of sport understand how to support people with a learning disability to access sporting opportunities in an inclusive environment.

For more information and to book your place please go to the LRS website here

Basketball Match 12th May 2016

Ellesmere College vs Forest Way School

Fixture date: Thursday 12th May
Venue: Leicester Community Sports Arena

Ashlea Smith – Coach of Ellesmere team ‘The game against the two schools was fantastic! It was a great opportunity for the young people to compete against one another in such an incredible facility. Both teams played extremely well, giving 100% effort throughout, but most importantly they all had fun! A Massive thank you to the Leicester Community Sports Arena for hosting us for the day!’

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Inclusive Cricket Coaching

Countesthorpe Cricket Club are running free soft ball cricket sessions for those players with learning disabilities Sunday mornings 11am-12noon starting 19th June 2016.

The sessions will be run by a Level 2 ECB accredited coach along with a number of assistant coaches. All you have to do is turn up! The Club will provide free hot drinks for all parents and carers whilst they watch.

Do you fancy giving it a go? Then why not come along to our coaching sessions. All ages, sexes and abilities are welcome.

Please see attachd flyer here. For more information please contact James Popplewell at leicspops@hotmail.com

Countesthorpe Cricket Club, Bassett Avenue, Countesthorpe, LE8 5QG www.countesthotpecricketclub.co.uk 



Wheels for All national conference in Leicester

Wheels for All national conference in Leicester, and this will showcase our Leicester Wheels for All amongst others on a national level as part of Cycle City Active City 2016
Friday 20th May 9:30-16:30 at the Cruve Theatre.

The day will be a paced day of presentations, discussions and knowledge sharing, gvign all attendees further understanding of the importance of inclusive cycing within the overall cycling landspace.
This will be the largest gathering of inclusive cycling providers and partners for some time and so we want to really celebrate and embrace the inclusive cycling movement that we have created.

The cost is £90 per person including lunch and refreshments.
Please send booking requests charlottle.wilbourne@cycling.org.uk

Please see attached flyer here, agenda here, workshops information here and booking form here.


Funding for Clubs/ Athletes/ Organisations

Please see below documents with a list of funding bursaries/grants that you can apply for as a club/athlete/organisation depending on the criteria. I have included information including: Name of grant, deadline, amount, location, purpose, and contact information.

If you are interested in seeking more then please see website links:
Leicestershire and Rutland Sport: http://www.lrsport.org/fundingfinder
Sport England: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/
Living Sport: http://www.livingsport.co.uk/funding/funding-for-sports-clubs/

We hope that this will help you with supporting and sustaining any ongoing or new activity in the community.

Inspired income and expenditure document                   Inspired Sports Development Plan 

Inclusive Football at the King Power Stadium 9th May 2016

Inclusive Futures: Leicester 

Inclusive Football event at the King Power Stadium 9th May 2016.

Thanks to our close links with Leicestershire & Rutland County Football Association, we were able to offer three of our Inclusive Futures volunteers the opportunity to support an inclusive football event hosted at the home of the Premier League champions Leicester City, the King Power stadium.

Adil, Alexa & Rosie joined the Ellesmere Community team in the glorious sunshine, along with over 400 footballers from across Leicestershire. Inclusive schools and clubs were well represented along with walking football and all had an excellent day in the sunshine. We were even joined by former England and Leicester City FC footballer Emile Heskey and snooker World Champion Mark Selby. Rumour has it Jamie Vardy was even around but the only sighting we got was of his beautiful Bentley parked out front.

Our leaders supported the assistant referees from Ashfield school and had a thoroughly enjoyable day supporting this inclusive event.

Many thanks to Philippa Bass from LRCFA for the opportunity and to LCFC for allowing us to use their facilities!


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Swimming Coach Job Advert

Saffron Lane Special Olympics Swimming Club currently have a vacancy for a Swimming Coach.

Name of Position: Assistant Swimming Coach
Age Group Working With: 8yrs - adult
Qualifications required: Flexible
Experience required: Flexible
Salary: £10 ph for 2 - 3 hrs pw
Hours/Days: Usually Monday 6.30pm-8pm with some Thursdays, 6.30pm-8pm
Address of role: Evington Swimming Pool, Occasionally Aylestone Swimming Pool
Main Contact: Annie Bannister 07500 867493 / anniebannister1@gmail.com


Ellesmere Boccia Winners!

On Friday 15th April 2016 Ellesmere College's Key Stage four and five Boccia Teams represented West Leicester at the School Games Level Three Event at Loughborough University.

It was a fantastic day and each student gave one hundred percent effort and achieved a high standard of play which enabled them to win the trophy for West Leicester. 

The students were all presented with gold medals which was a very proud moment.


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Sport England Infographics

Sport England recently released some up to date infographics related to health and disability sport.

Click the numbered links below to see the facts and figures.

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LimbPower Games 21st-22nd May 2016

If you are a new amputee or if you have a limb impairment, but new to sport, this event is for you!

This is a unique opportunity to participate in sport in a controlled, relaxed, friendly and supported environment.

This event is open to all individuals with an acquired amputation, acquired limb impairment, congenital limb absence, and limb difference.

For more information please see event poster here and further information here

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MATP Celebratory Event 10th June 2016

We will be hosting a celebratory event for the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) on Friday 10th June, 10am-2pm.

This event will bring together some participants from the MATP program to showcase what skills they’ve developed throughout, with a final celebration at the end of the day.

IF volunteers will receive training ahead of this event on Tuesday 7th June.

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Inclusive Futures Youth Board 1st June 2016

The inaugural meeting the Inclusive Futures Youth Board will be held at Ellesmere College Riverside Football Pavilion on Wednesday 1st June, 1pm-3pm.

The day will involve content looking at developing a legacy within sports leadership and volunteering within the area, CPD opportunities and the visit of an athlete ambassador who will aim to inspire and engage the board members.

The board will aim to meet monthly/bi-monthly and create a lasting effect from the Inclusive Futures program.

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Spirit of 2012 Away Day- Geocaching 21st April 2016

On a sunny day in Loughborough, Leicester Inclusive Futures welcomed board members from the Spirit of 2012 trust as part of their away day activities. 

The charitable organisation tasked with continuing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, Spirit of 2012 have funded the Inclusive Futures program over the last 3 years nationally, and throughout the last 6 months within Leicester.

With the support of IF volunteer Kirstie, coordinator Steph Tirrell and 10 employees of the charity, including chief executive Debbie Lye, the group undertook a 6km route around Loughborough’s Beacon Hill country park. Completing Geocaching trails and generally wondering around the beautiful countryside, the Spirit of 2012 group were treated to glorious sunshine and learnt more about the Inclusive Futures program in Leicester and the positive effect it is having throughout the community.

We hope that the Spirit of 2012 group had an excellent couple of days up in Loughborough!

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Action for Blind People Newsletter

Please find the Action for Blind People newsletter with activities for children and young people across the East Midlands here.

Also see attached activity breaks flyer for information on summer activity breaks here.

Fitness Tracker Rewards

If you don’t feel that being in shape, having better health, or calf muscles the size of tree trunks is rewarding enough for your exercise and workout efforts, there’s a way you can earn high street vouchers simply by keeping active. A new scheme has been implemented to track your fitness in order to keep you active – click the link here to read more about how this can benefit you!

Find A Guide Database

On Tuesday 29th March England Athletics launched the Find a Guide Database in partnership with British Blind Sport. The database will enable visually impaired people to search for guide runners to support them to run.

The database is an online tool for anyone aged 18 years or older with a visual impairment, whether they have never run before, are a gym-goer looking to take their running outdoors or a seasoned runner looking for a new guide. It will enable visually impaired people to go for a run on their own, join a club or running group or take part in an event or race. All guide runners on the database are licenced which means they are DBS checked and have attended an England Athletics ‘Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running’ workshop.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be working with a number of running providers and VI organisations to make them aware of the database and to get more visually impaired people to search for a guide and start running.

If you’re interested in becoming a guide runner find out more about attending an England Athletics ‘Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running’ workshop here

Running is one of the most accessible and low cost ways to be active and meet government recommendations to be moderately active for at least 150 minutes per week. Whether it’s to get fit, improve health, make friends or take on a challenge running has something to offer everyone.

To see the database and find a guide runner visit www.englandathletics.org/findaguide

Flyer available here

Join the conversation on social media using #FindAGuideAndRun.

Disabilities archery funding now available

Archery GB have launched a new round of our small grants scheme to encourage new projects.
The funding is open to archery clubs but also county sports partnerships, education establishments, other relevant agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

Eligible projects will be those that seek to increase the number of disabled archers shooting regularly by either:
  • enhancing the archery experience for current disabled participants (i.e. additional shooting time, coached sessions, competitions) and/or
  • better skilled coaches or instructors delivering archery opportunities for disabled people and/or
  • increasing opportunities for more disabled people/groups to take part in archery
For more information, the Guidance and Application Form or to apply online go to the Archery GB website here

The closing date for applications is 1st May 2016.