North Shropshire College runs summer disability sport camp

North Shropshire College (NSC) recently hosted their annual disability sport camp over the summer holidays.

The week-long programme was a resounding success and it supported a group of people aged 14 and above with an intellectual and/or learning disability. The participants enjoyed trying out 16 different sports and physical activities led by qualified and experienced coaches.

The sport camp at NSC, unique to the area, has now been running for four years, with the college aiming to make it even bigger next summer.

NSC College Sport Maker and programme organiser Benji Evans said: “The disability sport camp provides local people with an opportunity to participate in a programme of inclusive sessions over the week.

“The first camp back in 2014 was a three-day programme supporting 10 people and it has since grown to provide 21 different sports and around 75 people have benefited from the experience of attending.

“There are so many people that attend who have never played some of the sports, so it is great to see we are making a real difference. The camp symbolises the inclusive values of the college and next year we aim to stretch it over the summer and not just over a week.”

The main feature of the NSC disability camp is the number of links the college has developed with partners to ensure that people attending the sports camp are able to participate all year around.

NSC encourages people attending the camps to get involved with local sport providers so they are not just getting to participate for one week a year. Local providers include North Shropshire Special Olympics and a range of local sport teams and individual coaches. NSC also works closely with Energize and National Governing Bodies in sport to widen access.