AllSports is all about being inclusive

Cherryl Thompson
Disability Sport Coordinator
Halberg Sport Foundation

AllSports is the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation’s community programme to enable physically disabled young people to participate in sport.

AllSports also acts as a quality assurance mark. If a community, club or event promotes its activities in partnership with AllSports, families can expect quality, inclusive and professional sporting opportunities.

The local Disability Sport Coordinator works with schools, clubs, councils and Sport Bay of Plenty to encourage inclusion of physically disabled people in all aspects of their communities sport and recreation options.    A good example of this is the Sport Bay of Plenty Play in the Bay monthly calendar. Many of the clubs who already have disabled people use their services or are open to provide services to disabled people have chosen to promote through the calendar. Play in the Bay is a great way to try a new sport or club and meet people in the community.

Other ways we encourage disabled people to be more active are Have-a-Go days. These are ‘open day’ events run in partnership with established sports organisations and clubs. They aim to introduce physically disabled young people to new sports and establish on-going adapted programmes. ParafedBOP held one this month at the ASB Arena offering wheelchair basketball, rugby, and fencing.

By providing FREE training to sports clubs and organisations to adapt their codes to include disabled everyone, AllSports support local programmes. We use existing Fundamental Movement Skills programmes to enable physically disabled young people to develop essential muscle, motor and movement skills. These skills are important for all young people – but even more so for those who may have not had the same opportunities to develop them.

By training AllSports volunteers i.e Polytech/Te Wananga O Aotearoa sport students,  they work closely with physically disabled young people and their families to introduce and support them to enjoy sport. Some Waikato University teacher trainees (Windemere campus) recently trained to assist at a Have a Go day and will also assist at the Mt Joggers fun run and half marathon. These volunteers also spread the word how inclusion can work for everyone.

If you would like to know any more about disability sport in the Bay check out www.allsports.org.nz or www.halberg.co.nz

The AllSports website is a ‘one stop information shop’ for physically disabled young people and their families. It has a club finder tool to match their interests and needs to existing sport opportunities. Check out the website to see how your club or activity can be more inclusive and be a partner in the AllSports programme.

Local Disability Sport Coordinator contact

Cherryl Thompson
P 07 5780016  
M  027 290 2030    
E  cherryl@halberg.co.nz



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