Sportivate engages young people with learning disabilities

By NickiBlake on April 23rd, 2012 - comments

A group of young people with learning disabilities attended a series of Sportivate sessions at Boston College.

Pete Evans, Programme Leader for Sport, Leisure and Travel at Boston College wanted the sessions to engage the young people, aged 14 – 21, in different sports.

He said: “I wanted to get them interested in taking part in sport. The sessions covered a number of different activities, including football, basketball, circuit training, fitness tests and relay races.”

Sportivate is a national programme managed by Sport England and delivered by Active Lincolnshire Partnership, which funds six-week sport sessions to encourage teenagers to take part in sport.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People Officer at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “This Sportivate project demonstrated great partnership working in the local community. It has encouraged young people to be active and take part in various sports. Long may these sessions continue after the initial Sportivate funding.”

The young people, from the Focus 1 Youth Centre on Mill Road in Boston, find that there are limited opportunities for them in Boston. The Sportivate sessions have allowed them to do something fun and they are currently talking to other sporting professionals about demonstrating their sport at their Wednesday Club.