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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!

Spirit of 2012 away day Spirit of 2012 Tweet 

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.

Inclusive Futures National Leadership Camp

The National Inclusive Futures leadership camp took place over the weekend of 18th-20th March at Loughborough University. The camp was designed to bring together the best leaders from the 9 host cities throughout Great Britain for a weekend of leadership workshops, personal development and an opportunity to learn off others.

A cohort of 15 leaders from across Leicestershire & Rutland were selected for the camp, including two leadership mentors. The volunteers were mixed into 6 groups representing the Paralympic qualities and were supported by an Athlete Ambassador from the Youth Sport Trust.

Opened and Closed by Baroness Sue Campbell, head of the Youth Sport Trust the weekend saw each volunteer undergo a phenomenal transformation, whether it be in their experiences and knowledge of inclusive sports provision, or simply within their confidence.

At the end of the weekend the Youth Sport Trust gave out 4 awards, with Leicester volunteer Curtis French being named as the volunteer of the weekend. He had been identified to incorporate the values of Inclusive Futures and went above and beyond in his leadership by supporting his fellow volunteers throughout.

All of the Leicester Inclusive Futures volunteers should be very proud of what they’ve achieved over this weekend and of how far they’ve come in such a short space of time.

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Leicestershire Disability Athletics Development Group

We are delighted to host a combined 2016 event: The “Typhoo” East Midlands Regional Disability Championships with the The 10th Leicestershire & Rutland Disability Athletics Championships and Festival
All events for athletes with a disability aged 11+ (Held under UKA Rules for Competition)
Thursday 28th April 2016, 9:45- 15:00
Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium, Leicester LE2 7NQ
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 20th April 2016

Please see further information here and entry form here

TRACK2TOKYO 2020: ARE YOU A FUTURE PARALYMPIC CYCLING CHAMPION?

An exciting opportunity for aspiring Paralympians to attend one of British Cycling Talent ID events #Track2Tokyo which are to take place this year across the weekends of 2/3 July 2016 and 29/30 October 2016.

Track2Tokyo is a nationwide search for the next generation of Paralympic track and road cyclists. This initial phase of talent assessments are an opportunity for individuals to demonstrate their potential to become part of the Great Britain Para‐Cycling Team competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The webpage is now live and was launched on Twitter: www.britishcycling.org.uk/Track2Tokyo

Please see advert here

EAST MIDLANDS ASA 2016 (Inclusive) Event for Competitive Disability Swimmers

Braunstone Leisure Centre Leicester LE3 1JN
Sunday May 15th 2016

This Short Course licenced (applied for) competition is open to any swimmer with a disability (physical, sensory or learning) Formal classification not compulsory Created for swimmers in regular training with an understanding of the rules of competitive swimming (which will be applied) to enable them to compete for age group event medals and gain times in a prestigious competition including relays and for East Midlands swimmers to compete for overall
age group awards. ENTRIES CLOSE April 23rd 2016

Entry pack is available to download from EFDS/DSE website www.efds.co.uk/events or by email from - mary-butler@lineone.net
For further information contact: Mary Butler – DSE East Midlands regional swimming coordinator. Email: Mary-butler@lineone.net or Tell 0115 9374377

Flyer available here

Inclusive Futures Regional Leadership Camp Friday 11th March

IMG 4508The inaugural Leicester Inclusive Futures Regional Leadership camp was held on Friday 11th March. The leadership camp saw 65 young leaders from across Leicestershire attend a day inclusive sport training supported by Paralympian and Inclusive Futures Athlete Ambassador Kate Grey. 

Led by John Duggan, Mark Beeby & Wayne Gudgeon and supported by 5 Young Ambassadors, the regional camp delivered a multitude of workshops which IMG 4389challenged the young volunteers thinking, allowed them to work with other likeminded people and supported their development as leaders, coaches, volunteers and officials. 

The Inclusive Futures programme is a Youth Sport Trust initiative, funded by the Spirit of 2012, which focuses on increasing the participation and provisions of sports volunteers, regardless of age, ability, disability, gender, background or experience. The programme looks to support the development of leaders and volunteers through continual support, CPD opportunities and placements within a community and after-school setting.

If you would like further information regarding the Inclusive Futures programme or to get involved, please contact Steph Tirrell- Leicester Inclusive Futures Coordinator (stirrell@ellesmere.leicester.sch.uk)

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Mapping Disability: The Facts

Latest Sport England research reveals the true picture of disability nationwide.
Our report, Mapping Disability: The Facts, offers an in-depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. It also includes comprehensive data on disability by categories such as region, gender and age.
The findings will form a crucial part of our work to get more disabled people active.

Form more information please follow the link here

PLAY UNIFIED CAMPAIGN

Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to announce its exciting new campaign aimed at changing perceptions of, and attitudes towards, young people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
Play Unified is a campaign inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship, breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. The sports in focus for the Play Unified campaign will be basketball and football.
Play Unified is aimed at young people aged 14-25 and will be delivered in partnership with Special Olympics GB, by the Youth Sport Trust in 200 schools across the country over the next two years.

For more information please click on the link here

Together We Can Coffee Morning

All learners, parents & carers welcome
When: Friday 18th March 10.30-11.30
Where: Leicester College, Freemen’s Park Campus C Block, Welford Road, Leicester

Please see flyer here

Donations of raffle prizes & packaged cakes would be appreciated

Football Association England Talent Day Saturday 19th March 2016

FA England Talent Day

The aim of the talent day is to signpost those that have the potential to then move up the pathway into elite settings (england development centres), but also promoting local opportunities where the players can be moitored and play regular football matches as well as receiveing coaching.

Saturday 19th March 2016: 10am to 1pm
Aylestone Park FC, Mary Linwood Playing Fields, Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 6TG

We are looking for players U12’s to U16’s from the following impairments – Cerebral Palsy / Deaf / Partially Sighted / Learning Disability / Amputee / Blind
If you are interested in attending please see form here.

For more information please contact Philippa Bass, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA.
Email – Philippa.Bass@LeicestershireFA.com
Post – LRCFA, Holmes Park, Dog and Gun Lane, Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6FA
Tel: 0116 2844952

Primary Sports Camp Saturday 12th March

The camp is for people aged 6 to 11 years of age with a physical impairment and takes place on Saturday 12th March 2016. The Primary Sports Camps offer participants the opportunity to have a go at a variety of sports in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Activities on offer range from boccia to wheelchair basketball.
Sign up to secure your place for the event on Saturday 12th March 2016 here

Primary Sports Camp 12 March

Girls and Ladies day at Ellesmere College

Leicestershire & Rutland County Football Association are hosting a girls and ladies day at Ellesmere College 12th March
This will be for girls and ladies of all ages and abilities, to come and try some football activities alongside some fun activities, including Soccersize (keep fit with a football) and other sports and games.

The day will be a football and fun activity day to encourage girls and ladies with disabilities and additional needs to have a go at football.

Venue – Ellesmere College, Braunstone Lane East, Leicester, LE3 2FW
Time – 10.30am to 2pm
Cost – Free

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Partially Sighted Football

Leicester City Woodgate are looking for players 16 and over to create a new partially sighted football team, training monthly on Fridays at the Peepul Centre.

Please contact Manjit Singh Takhar (details on the flyer) if you or someone you know who would be interested in attending.

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