That is the strapline message from ‘Seashell Trust’ popular award winning inclusive sports events.
At OnSide Youth Zone and through the ‘A Level Playing Field’ project funding our Youth Zones have developed the ‘CADS’ (Children’s, Able and Disabled Sports) concept into our school holiday provision.
There are holiday activities and events taking place every school holiday at all of our open Youth Zones which are based in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Wigan, Blackburn and Carlisle and more recently now open in Wolverhampton.
Last year the OnSide network of Youth Zones ran an ‘Inter Youth Zone’ CADS event and the highlights can be seen here:
Our aim is to include every child and young person whatever their abilities. Each Youth Zone has developed inclusive sports events which run during school holidays, please do contact your local Youth Zone for further information on the next event.
During an inclusive sports event, the abilities of a child or young person is included in the planning to ensure #everyyoungpersoncan. Sports are adapted for every ability, there is a structure to the day, competition is removed so the focus is placed on taking part, having friends and making fun.
We understand and have feedback from parents / carers that the need for quality respite services for children / young people with a disability during school holidays is essential.
The ‘A Level Playing Field’ project has provided funding and training and with partnership support from the ‘Seashell Trust’ enabled the OnSide network of Youth Zones to deliver CADS in every Youth Zone who benefitted from the funding.
Because of the success of the events, many of the Youth Zones have integrated the offer into every school holiday and seen many first time young people to the Youth Zone go on from attending inclusive sports events to becoming a regular member of the Youth Zone, growing in confidence, making a friend and having fun.
Following our recent Inter Youth Zone CADS event at the Seashell Trust, one young person commented:
“I wouldn’t normally do much in half term as I am a bit shy and don’t find making friends easy. I was invited to come along to the event so I thought I might as well. I found it really good and fun and we all got involved together. It made me so happy and want to come more often.”