Young people with disabilities in Fylde are being encouraged to stay active by the AFC Fylde Community Foundation and Fylde and Wyre CCG.
The Foundation runs health, wellbeing and physical activity sessions, for pupils living with a range of disabilities, at Pear Tree Specialist School in Kirkham.
The sessions are led by specialist physical education specialists and health improvement officers who work with each pupil to deliver tailored sessions that suit their individual needs.
From year one to sixth form, students are encouraged to get active and stay active, even after leaving school. The young people can take part in sports such as football, netball, athletics and wheelchair basketball.
In addition to exercise sessions, the Foundation also delivers leadership training to sixth form students – to help them when they attend colleges and leadership centres across Fylde to deliver talks and educational sessions.
Tom Hutton, director of community development at the AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “The benefits of movement and exercise can’t be overstated, especially when it comes to young people with sensory and physical disabilities. Since we started working with the pupils at Pear Tree we’ve seen such great results.
“The team has so much fun working with the school and all the fantastic young people there. The activities are so varied and it’s clear that the pupils really enjoy them. It’s not just about sports, though – we also provide leadership and coaching sessions to give young people a really rounded programme. We see the difference it makes from week to week and it’s such a rewarding project to be part of.
“Of course it wouldn’t be possible without the guidance and expertise of the CCG, so we’d like to thank everyone there for all their support.”