Inclusive Activity Programme courses are ready to be delivered around Northamptonshire!
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:30
Northamptonshire Sport have been awarded the role of rolling out a new Inclusive Activity Programme (IAP) around the county to help people from a range of backgrounds to better understand how physical activity can be adapted if required to include disabled people and those with long term health conditions. It's also been designed to make them aware of existing opportunities available for them to be active in and around the local area.
The IAP is being coordinated at a national level by the Activity Alliance and is aimed at three different target audiences which are outlined below:
- The Community Sector e.g. Disabled People's Organisations and community groups
- Health and care professionals e.g. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists
- The Coaching Family e.g. qualified coaches, activators and volunteers
The IAP courses are 3 hours long and delivered by qualified Tutors provided by UK Coaching who have all got high levels of experience in delivering activities to disabled people. It's mainly a practical workshop which requires as a minimum floor space equivalent to an area the size of 2 badminton courts. The minimum number of participants required to run a course is 9 and maximum 16. If organisations from any of the target groups have enough people wishing to attend then a closed workshop can be organised just for them, but if not then it can be openly advertised to fill all or any of the remaining places available.
The course costs £180 to be delivered in total, but the most any individual will be asked to pay towards it is £20 with other prices depending on if a facility has been provided, number of people attending it etc, but will be advertised in advance of bookings being taken. More details on the course costs can be found in the pricing guidelines attached at the bottom of this page.
Northamptonshire Sport's Lead Officer for Disability Development Graeme Wilson said of the IAP courses:
"It's great to be able to offer this new course to individuals and organisations around Northamptonshire. One of the biggest barriers to physical activity we are informed of by disabled people is the lack of understanding by people delivering opportunities in how they can adapt a session to include them. Equally family members, carers, support workers, healthcare professionals and others closely associated to the disabled people thinking that they shouldn't be taking part in physical activity for the fear of them hurting themselves. We want to use the IAP to help breakdown some of these barriers and remove the myths, so more disabled people in Northamptonshire can enjoy all the benefits of being physically active!"
For more information about the IAP and enquire about the possibility of attending, or arranging a workshop contact the relevant member of our Strategic Development Officer team detailed below depending on where you are located.