Horsing Around

Following our success at the Special Olympics Midland Games a few weeks ago, another of our Mansfield Street clients, Kirsty, has achieved Special Olympics sporting success – but at a national level this time!

With her horse, Charlie, she took part in the Equestrian events. Kirsty achieved a Gold medal for Dressage, Silver medal for her Horse Care and Knowledge and a Bronze medal for her Working Trials.

Kirsty’s head coach went out of her way to say that Kirsty was an excellent team member who offered a lot of support to a younger member of the team and that she was very helpful to all of the members of staff.

We are extremely proud of Kirsty’s achievement and we would like to thank her mum, Pauline, for letting us know of this wonderful success.

Well Done!

Game on!

A group of clients have taken part in a Special Olympics event for the Midlands in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The Special Olympics is a movement aimed at providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. It aims to give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills. It’s also aimed at creating friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our clients, Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence, participated in the event. They were part of a larger team called the ‘Nottingham Knights’, representing the County at the Games.

The medals we won were gold, silver and bronze, which were won in shot put, 100 metres running, long jump and javelin.

Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence said they had an ‘epic’ time and saw old friends and also made new ones too. They said they didn’t mind it raining as they were in the sports hall so it was still exciting.

They were very proud to show off their medals when they returned to Space Inclusive!

Bowled Over!

At Space Inclusive you’ll probably have gathered by now that we put a real emphasis on physical health as much as mental health.

There are so many sports that we have participated in over the years – tennis, cycling, swimming – however one sport a group of us are doing at the moment is a bit different to these; that’s because it’s a sport that isn’t just about physicality but tactics – it’s Bowls!

Organised in conjunction with two coaches from Disability Bowls England, we attended Rushcliffe Leisure Centre for several weeks. Our clients learnt how to throw a ball properly – which requires some technical skill I can tell you!

The two coaches set up a fun course in which clients (and support workers who also played) would score points by going through hoops and landing on different areas of the green.

Over the course of time our clients gained confidence and thoroughly enjoyed their weekly trip. It was especially beneficial to clients who may not have usually thought of doing sport.

We’d like to thank both of the superb coaches from Disability Bowls England for their work in making sure that everyone had a fun time and could genuinely claim by the end of it that, not only had they improved, but they were becoming pretty nifty at bowls!

Keeping fit!

For the past few months a group of our clients have been enjoying a Monday morning workout at the Xercise4Less gym in Nottingham.

Satty, who’s one of the support workers attending, says “It’s a really great way of giving our clients a healthy start to a Monday, keeping them physically fit and healthy for the week ahead!”

Haydn, the instructor who takes the class, says “The energy the clients bring to the class make them great to teach”.

And our clients enjoy it too! They get on really well with Haydn. Kirsty, one client, likes the fact that it’s a social exercise class “I enjoy taking part in the task with my friends” she says.

Thanks very much to Hadyn and the team at Xercise4Less – we at Space Inclusive really appreciate the classes and look forward to continuing to go.

On Target

We’ve got loads of new and fun activities which our clients are doing this year; one of the most fun is an Archery course that some of our Pelham Road clients have started at the Southglade Leisure Centre.

Archery is in Nottinghamshire’s DNA – you only have to think about Robin Hood to know that! In fact, there is still a law from Medieval times that states “All men under the age of sixty years shall have bows and arrows for shooting.” So technically, our clients are doing their civic duty by obeying this law!

More seriously though, archery is a fantastic way of improving hand-eye co-ordination and is also a new sport for many of our clients. Everyone who went thoroughly enjoyed it and they’re looking forward to going every Thursday for the next few weeks.