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Active Disability Month Launches

Across Tyne & Wear a host of activities will be taking place in September to mark Active Disability Month.

The Tyne & Wear Disability Sport Forum is joining forces with a wide range of other organisations to offer taster sessions and courses in a wide range of activities including archery, wheelchair basketball, tennis and cycling. One of the first activities taking place is a multi-sport event being run by Bliss=Ability in South Tyneside for young people aged 5-18 with disabilities and their siblings.

David Marrin, assistant director at Tyne & Wear Sport said, “Research has shown that seven out of ten disabled people want to do more exercise but a barrier to taking part is lack of awareness of opportunities. Therefore, we felt it was important to work with our partners and other activity providers to highlight what is on offer and use September as the month to promote all of the great work that is being done to make sport and physical activity more accessible.”

As well as the physical activities on offer, Active Disability Month will also involve carrying out research to find out more about what physical activities people with disabilities want to do and training courses to help organisations cater for and attract more people to their activities.

A calendar of events has also been created listing all the activities on offer, which can be found at www.tynewearsport.org/active-disability-month 

Or find out more on social media by following #activedisabilitymonth.

To feature your events on the Active Disability Month calendar, please contact us: jack.liddle@tynewearsport.org