The Upside Down Sports Club enables children aged 4 to 18 who use wheelchairs to enjoy sport in a friendly and supportive environment. Our aim is to promote independence and self esteem.
The club also offers an opportunity for the families of children with disabilities to socialise and share their experiences.
We meet on the first Saturday of every month between 10:15am and 12:00pm at the One Leisure, Leisure Centre, St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
We also arrange a programme of events throughout the year. In recent years we have been fishing, ice skating, horse riding, skiing, bowling, on a canal boat trip and this year we went to the Calvert Trust centre in Devon.
Upside Down Sports Club exists to bring young wheelchair users together to enjoy sport for fun and social activities. Sports sessions are held once per month. Our members are aged 4 to young adult and use manual or power wheelchairs. Some also have additional needs and actvities are adapted accordingly where possible.
A variety of sports are available including football, tennis, boccia, curling and archery. We can sometimes signpost members who develop an interest in a particular sport onto more specialised/competitive clubs.
The club is a charity run entirely by volunteers. We ask that a parent/carer stay in the building (many meet in the café) during the sessions and that those youngsters who require 1:1 support, for example to move around the hall, have a parent/carer stay with them unless our volunteer numbers allow otherwise.
The annual club membership fee is just £25 and includes a club t-shirt.
During the year the club also organises a variety of additional sporting/social events which include parents and siblings. We have enjoyed picnics, boat trips, ice skating, abseiling, canoeing, animal encounters and residential short breaks.
The cost of these additional events is subsidised by the club.
Parents often comment that they benefit from the club as much as their child, lasting friendships develop and real support is gained from shared experience.