Inclusive Sport revolution hits Doncaster

An exciting new initiative to improve the inclusivity of sport across Doncaster so more people can get active and involved has been launched.

Inclusive Revolution is a partnership between Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT), 4 ALL and Yorkshire Sport Foundation, which aims to create inclusive physical activity hubs across the town where everybody can experience and enjoy sport no matter of their ability, age or if they have additional needs.

Two top paraathletes - Danielle Brown MBE, GB medallist for archery and GB wheelchair basketball player Helen Freeman – attended a special event at Doncaster Dome to officially launch the initiative which welcomed schools, community groups, sports coaches and local organisations of all ages and capabilities. They were able to take part in a variety of sport taster sessions, including football, fencing and archery, before guests heard from Danielle and Helen as well as speakers from the other organisations involved. Workshops also took place highlighting the best inclusive practices.

Jon Whiteley, deputy chief executive of DCLT, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with 4 All with the support of Yorkshire Sport Foundation to help make sporting activities even more accessible. The hubs, which will be based across the borough in Rossington, Adwick and our flagship site The Dome will provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties, mental health and other needs to take part and try something new practically on their doorstep.

“There can often be a number of barriers that prevent people, especially those with additional  needs, from getting involved in sport and fitness activities and the aim of this programme is break down those challenges and perceptions and demonstrate how anyone and everyone can get involved.”

Inclusive Revolution follows on from a number of successful activity programmes that have already been running at three DCLT sites, Rossington Community Swimming Pool, Rossington Community Sports Village and at The Dome, specifically aimed at engaging and including people who may not have felt able to get involved in sport before.

Added Jon: “This new partnership hopes to build on this work and provide more inclusive sporting activity across Doncaster with the hope of making sport and fitness more accessible which can only be a good thing for the individuals concerned but also for Doncaster as a whole as people get more active.”

Danielle Brown MBE, double Paralympic gold medallist archer and co-founder of 4 All, said: “There is no reason why everybody can’t enjoy sport and the benefits it brings. Working alongside Yorkshire Sport Foundation and DCLT is enabling us to make a much bigger positive impact on our community and we are very excited to launch the hub initiative.”

To find out more about the Inclusive revolution and to get involved, please contact James at 4ALL by emailing: 4allprogramme@gmail.com.