Many of our England Athletics regstered athletes, coaches and RunTogether members take part in their local parkrun. One local Mencap RunTogether group has encouraged some of its members to take up the parkrun challenge. Matt Lett recently completed his 50th parkrun and has inspired some of his group to also take up the challenge!
A dark January Monday evening at a sports centre in Bexleyheath, south east London. And it's time for Bexley Mencap's regular weekly keep fit session for people with Learning Disabilities. Initially set up nearly four years ago, as a pilot with England Athletics, RunTogether group Bexley Mencap now runs regular physical activity classes specially for members which combines fun with fitness.
Birmingham recently celebrated their success as host City for the Commonwealth Games 2022. The City takes great pride in its ability to hold high-level sporting events but inactivity is a real problem for its residents, including disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. In a positive move, three of the City's key sporting and physical activity organisations have undertaken the English Federation of Disability Sport's LEAD (Leading Equitable and Accessible Delivery) toolkit.
British Blind Sport's 'See My Voice' is a 3 year project encouraging young people (aged 11-18 years) with a visual impairment to find and access local sports volunteering roles delivering social action. If you are 11 to 18 and interested in getting involved with this Young Leader programme, the deadline to complete the registration form is Friday 2nd February.
Registered Guide Runner Colin Johnson continues to put visually impaired running on the map. He was recently filmed for BBC Inside Out West where he was helping a visually impaired 9-year-old to train for a parkrun and get his whole family active.
A new research report released this month, 'Encouraging disabled people to volunteer in sport', explores the barriers to volunteering and the drivers that could improve its appeal. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) alongside the eight National Disability Sports Organisations* and Sport England commissioned the project to understand more on volunteering in sport, as well as to improve the quality and number of opportunities for disabled people.
Paralympic and World champions Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox are among 18 para athletes announced for Team England's athletics squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Both starred at this summer's World Para Athletics Championships in London; Hahn winning double gold in the T38 100m and 200m, while Cox sealed the T38 400m title along with winning two further medals. They will be competing at their first Commonwealth Games in the T38 100m.
17 people attended the workshop, that took place at Gateshead and was organised through Gateshead Harriers and the Inspiration Programme.
National Disability Sports Organisation British Blind Sport have produced a range of bespoke tethers to enable visually impaired people to run with a sighted guide runner in a safe and enjoyable way. British Blind Sport hope the sale of this product will help more visually impaired people to enjoy running and physical activity as part of their Find a Guide project in partnership with England Athletics.
Hambleton's Up and Running scheme consisted of an eight week running and social programme to people receiving secondary mental health care. The scheme was created and delivered by mental health professional Glen Hilton, and Hambleton District Council Development Officer David Earl - who offered support, advice and guidance on the positive mental health benefits of running in addition to providing a health programme and nutritional advice.