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In Sheffield we believe that Sport is for all! We are committed to breaking down barriers to ensure that all the value and benefits of sport and physical activity can be shared by all our students.

Hallam and Uni of SU Sports Officers and Committees are running a range of events this week to break down the barriers and stereotypes regarding disability and sport at our Universities. We are also celebrating the sporting success of current and previous para student athletes throughout the week.

Through putting on a host of accessible sport sessions, workshops, training and discussion events, we hope that the week will raise the profile and awareness of accessible sporting opportunities available in Sheffield. However, we also recognise how much work still needs to be done to make sure that sport and facilities on campus are more accessible and inclusive and so we aim to highlight current barriers and experiences of disabled students’ participating in sport at university.

So please do get involved in the week and help us to shape the future of sport in Sheffield.

 

Events

 

Monday

Workshop:

How to make your club more accessible

Heart of Campus, 0.16 Hallam Collegiate Campus
16:00 - 17:00
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

In this session, you will learn about some of the barriers disabled students face to participation in sport. You will gain knowledge on how to make your club more accessible and how to signpost disabled students to further sporting pathways and opportunities. This session is for members of any sports club committee.

Wheelchair Basketball

Pearson Building, Sheffield Hallam
18:15 - 19:15
£2.50: Pay upon arrival
High Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Come along to this Wheelchair Basketball Give It A Go. This session will be led by members of the Hallam Wheelchair Basketball team. GB athletes will be in attendance to give you an insight into their sport. This session is aimed at both abled and disabled people. Wheelchairs will be provided free of charge.

 

Boxing Fitness

Sport Sheffield, Goodwin Sports Centre, S&C Room
19:00 - 20:00
£2.00: Tickets
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Fitness based boxing activity, with the use of boxing equipment. No contact/ sparring, so this is ideal for all abilities. Meet at Goodwin Gym Reception - please ask a member of reception for step free access into the S&C room.

DABS

(Disabled & Able Bodied Swimmers) Group

Zest Centre, Burngreave S6 (has accessible changing rooms and pool has accessible ramp and wheelchairs)
20:10 - 21:15
£2.50, £1 under 16s: Pay upon arrival
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

DABS is a swimming club for swimmers of all ages and abilities, both disabled and able bodied, to swim together without formal lessons. Welcomes people with permanent and temporary disabilities. Participants are encouraged to work at their own speed. Non swimmers can do water exercises.

Under 18s must come with an adult. No transport or carers provided. Cost is £2 per session and £1 for young people under 16. Sessions every Monday and Thursday.

 

Tuesday

Art Cafe

with Disabled Students’ Committee

Activities and Sports Zone Sheffield Students’ Union (level 3)
17:00 - 19:00
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Art Café is DSC's weekly social, open to everyone regardless of whether they identify as having a disability or not. We provide hot drinks, snacks (with vegan and gluten-free options), and craft supplies so you can relax with some colouring or just have a chat!

This week we have partnered with the Disability in Sport Week to focus discussions around opportunities in sport for disabled students and we are pleased to welcome Sheffield International Venues (SIV) an organisation that own all the major sporting facilities in Sheffield. They have specifically come to talk about their ‘Plus+One’ scheme which allows free access for a carer, support worker, family member or friend to provide the necessary support to the facility users for free.

Breaking the Barriers:

A Discussion on Disabled People in Sport

Nelson Mandela Auditorium
19:30 - 21:00 (Doors 19:00)

People often assume that disabled people can’t engage in sports that aren’t specifically tailored for them. In this discussion we will be breaking that myth, and the wider stigmas around disability. There will be a focus on the experience of disabled students in sport, how clubs can support disabled students, and ultimately how we can create a sports environment which is inviting to disabled students. This event will begin with a screening of the TEDx Talk by Martyn Ashton, 'In Disaster There is Opportunity - Finding a Path Through Paralysis'.

Dani Southall (Chair of Sheffield SU Disabled Students’ Committee)
Alexandra Fraser (Inclusions Officer on Sports Committee, Social Sport Leader and on the Boxing Club)
Sarah Morse (Sheffield University Students’ Union Sports Officer)
Harry Preston (Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Sports & Physical Activity Officer)
Matt Hamilton (Elite Athletic Performer and current Sport Participation Graduate Intern)
Kashmire Hawker (Sheffield Hallam Disability Rep 2017/18, NUS Disabled Students Committee and current student at Hallam)
Animesh Anand (Inclusions Officer on Sheffield University Men’s Hockey Club)

 

Wednesday

Casual Swimming

Sport Sheffield, Goodwin Sports Centre
16:00 - 17:00
£2.00: Tickets
Medium Intensity

Casual swimming is a reduced rate weekly session that takes place under the Social Sport programme by Sport Sheffield. This session is ideal for those who want to swim in a friendly and relaxed environment and go at their own pace. Please note, there is no step-free access into the swimming pool at Goodwin. For step-free access swimming, please see the session at the Zest Centre every Monday and Thursday.

Walking Football

Goodwin Sports Centre, John Hawley 5-Aside Lower 3G Pitches
17:00 - 18:00
£2.00: Tickets

Walking Football is exactly as the name suggests - you play Football, walking. It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health and ability. Increasing in popularity, Walking Hockey is perfect for those looking for a less physically demanding version of the game, but still enjoy learning and developing basic hockey skills. This session will be led by leaders of the University of Sheffield Hockey Club.

 

Women's Boxing Fitness

Endcliffe Student Village, The Edge
19:00 - 20:00
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Fitness based boxing activity for Women, with the use of boxing equipment. No contact/ sparring, so this is ideal for all abilities.

Forge ROAR Show

Listen link coming soon
19:00 - 20:00

Forge Radio’s flagship sports show, concentrating on university sport. Tim Adams hosts as every week a different sports society gets interviewed, with a roundup of the afternoon’s BUCS results

 

Thursday

Inclusive Activity Programme Coaching Course

City Campus, Sheffield Hallam
14:00 - 17:00
£20.00: Tickets
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

This tailored workshop delivered by inclusion experts will equip you with the skills to engage disabled people and people with long-term health conditions more effectively in activities. This session is aimed at those already involved in sport leadership and coaching or those who might want to develop a career in this. Funded by Sport England's National Lottery, Activity Alliance is working with UK Coaching.

Sitting Down Volleyball

Pearson Building, Hallam Collegiate Campus
16:00 - 17:00
Just turn up
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Sitting down Volleyball was one of our most loved events last year so it’s back! It’s designed to help people take part on a level playing field and is for all abilities and genders. It’s perfect for those who are wanting to try a slightly intense sport without feeling fatigued afterwards. You’ll develop good teamwork and communication skills while learning the basics to volleyball. This session will be led by the University Clubs.

 

Social Badminton

Pearson Building, Sheffield Hallam
17:00 - 18:00
Just turn up and play
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

This usual social badminton session will be altered slightly to fit within this awareness and appreciation week. All abilities welcome as we’ll be having different challenges set up on each of the three courts. This will include weak hand playing and wheelchair participation as well as group games for those who want to just turn up and play.

DABS

(Disabled & Able Bodied Swimmers) Group

Zest Centre, Burngreave S6 (has accessible changing rooms and pool has accessible ramp and wheelchairs)
20:10 - 21:15
£2.00, £1.00 under 16s
Just turn up, pay on arrival
Medium Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

DABS is a swimming club for swimmers of all ages and abilities, both disabled and able bodied, to swim together without formal lessons. Welcomes people with permanent and temporary disabilities.

Participants are encouraged to work at their own speed. Non swimmers can do water exercises. Under 18s must come with an adult. No transport or carers provided. Cost is £2 per session and £1 for young people under 16. Sessions every Monday and Thursday

 

Friday

Communication in sport with deafness:

A conversation with Richard Stacey

Sheffield University Students’ Union, Level 4, View Room 4
10:00 - 11:00
Just turn up
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Deaf from birth, Richard Stacey has been delivering seminars in deaf awareness in order to change the perceptions across UK sporting environments. Richard Stacey will give a motivational training session as he explains his recreational experiences of sport which have reshaped him and the other participants working around and with him. In his seminar, he will do his best to empower the target audience in order to facilitate effective communication via lipreading.

Walking Hockey

5-Aside 3G Pitch 2, Goodwin Sports Centre
14:30 - 15:30
Just turn up
Medium Intensity

Walking Hockey is exactly as the name suggests - you play Hockey, walking. It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health and ability. Increasing in popularity, Walking Hockey is perfect for those looking for a less physically demanding version of the game, but still enjoy learning and developing basic hockey skills. This session will be led by leaders of the University of Sheffield Hockey Club.

 

Speaker Event:

David Wetherill Q&A

Sheffield University Students’ Union, Level 4, Gallery Room 2
16:15 - 17:30
Just turn up
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

David has represented Great Britain at two Paralympic Games, going viral in the process with one of the greatest shots the competition has ever seen. The talk will focus on how he prepares for major competitions, the challenges he's faced with his disability and the psychology behind being a top-level athlete.

Take on Dave -Table Tennis Challenge

Sheffield University Students’ Union, Activities and Sports Zone
17:30 - 18:30
Just turn up
Low Intensity, Wheelchair Accessible

Do you think you can take on a Team GB star? David will be opening the table to challengers following the discussion. Come along to see if you can compete with the best.

 

Saturday

Goalball

Pearson Building, Sheffield Hallam
10:30 - 12:00
Just turn up
High Intensity

Goalball is an exciting Paralympic, indoor, 3-aside team sport, of attack and defend. The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. It has been played throughout the world ever since by people who are blind or partially sighted.

Players must wear eye shades at all times ensuring fair competition. All international athletes must be legally blind, meaning they have less than 10 per cent vision. At National level, all ages and abilities, both visually impaired and fully sighted play together.

Teams are made up of six players, with three members playing at any one time. The object of the game is to throw a ball using a bowling motion past the opponents and into their net to score. This can be achieved by bouncing, curving, and spinning the shots around the opponents. For more information please see our website.