Coaches key to creating more inclusive outdoor activities

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight offer unique access to waterways and beaches that everyone should have the opportunity to access.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight offer unique access to waterways and beaches that everyone should have the opportunity to access.

Over the past 9-months the CHIOW Disability Coaching Network has been gearing up to support coach development with a view to increasing disability and inclusive sporting opportunities in the county.

So far we’ve hosted courses by sports coach UK and MENCAP with plans to deliver more inclusive training in Feb and March.

Working closely with other partner organisations we’re now hoping to bring another series of courses to coaches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Thanks to growing interest in the Disability Awareness Training delivered by the Calvert Trust we are now in a position to confirm two new workshops, taking place in February.

The workshops will take place from 7th to the 10th February 2014.  Kaz White from Hampshire County Council’s Short Breaks Team explains

“This training has been subsidised by Hampshire’s ‘Short Breaks for Disabled Children Programme’, so that young people with disabilities can enjoy the same opportunities to participate in outdoor activities by having clubs and centres that offer activities for all.”

There are four different courses available:

General Disability Awareness in the Outdoors

This course is for anyone who leads or helps with groups in an outdoors environment. This can include reception staff, rangers, Scouts, Guides, activity instructors, volunteers…and more. No prior qualifications or experience required. This course is Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL) approved. Duration: Full day course. Dates: The course is running twice so you can choose to do this either on the Friday 7th February or the Sunday 9th February. Cost: £40/person

Climbing Disability Awareness (Climbing for All)

This course is designed for any experienced and/or qualified climbing instructors. This is a MTA recognised course contributing 1 CPD point. Course attendees must be members of MTA to receive a certificate and CPD point. Duration: Full day. Cost: £40/person

Paddle-Ability (British Canoe Union – Canoeing Disability Awareness)

There are 2 levels of the BCU Paddle-Ability course. You can choose to do one or both courses. It is recommended that you complete the Level 1 module prior to doing Level 2.

• Level 1 – Paddle-Ability Foundation module This course is designed for any experienced and/or qualified canoeing coaches. Classroom based. Duration: Half day. Date: Saturday 8th February Cost: £20/person

• Level 2- Paddle-Ability Intermediate Module This course is designed for any experienced and/or qualified canoeing coaches. Classroom and outdoor based sessions. Duration: Full day Date: Sunday 9th February Cost: £40/person

Note: Each course is a single stand alone day. General disability awareness will be covered on all courses. Please see the attached flyer for full details and complete and return the booking form to secure your place/s. There are discounts available if you attend more than one course.

The feedback from previous training delivered has been extremely positive, so it’s great that the Calvert Trust team are able to deliver this high quality training again. Note that places on all of the courses are limited and bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.

To book a place contact Kaz.White@hants.gov.uk for a booking form.

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