Shropshire Inclusively Fit-Project Launch for Stakeholders
Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC), and its partners Energize (County Sports Partnership), Shropshire Disability Network, Figaro, Headway Shropshire, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme, Shropshire Football Association and Shropshire Council’s public health. held the Inclusively Fit Project launch for all stakeholders recently.
This new project to encourage more disabled people to take up sport and physical activity has been launched across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
The Inclusively Fit Project is a Big Lottery-funded campaign seeking to benefit people’s health, wellbeing and self-confidence, as well as reducing their social isolation.
It was launched at University Centre Shrewsbury with a series of interactive events, including keynote speeches from experts, and involvement from local students.
Jessica Lightwood, Shropshire Inclusion Officer who is based at the Energize county sports partnership, explained: “We wanted to bring a range of guests together from different backgrounds, including health and social care, education, and leisure.
“This created an opportunity to learn more about the project and understand the importance of physical activity, enabling them all to advocate the project engaging more disabled people into activity.”
As part of the Inclusively Fit project, a web-based directory has been created, allowing people to search for local opportunities, increasing the awareness and accessibility for disabled people to be active.
The project aims to make sport and physical activity more accessible to people with disabilities, providing a web-based resource of what’s available, transport and equipment support, and most of all a volunteer buddy to go along with for the first few visits.
The launch event gave delegates chance to find out more about the project, and its mission across the county.
The opening speech was delivered by Mark Fosbrook, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Enablement Advisor, GB Wheelchair Basketball Gold Medallist, and the Inclusively Fit Project Chairperson.
Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist Dr Alan Sweeney delivered a key presentation into the role of physical activity and its effect on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A performance from Shropshire Inclusive Dance broke up the presentations, and Derwen College students gave insight into barriers to activity from local disabled people, coaches and exercise leaders.
Perry Riding for the Disabled Association was also at the launch, showcasing its work engaging disabled people to be active by Hippotherapy, Vaulting and Carriage Driving.
The Cycling for All group, which delivers inclusive cycling events across Shropshire, is also backing the campaign.
If you would like to get involved in the Buddy Programme as a participant or volunteer, or if you would like to know more about the bursaries, find out more information at www.shropshire-disability.net/beactive or energizestw.org.uk/develop/equality-in-sport/inclusive-sport/inclusively-fit-project, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01743 297191.
See links below about this project and its partners.