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Activity for all

Attendees to Dimensions Hillingdon drop-in service are getting active thanks to a partnership with Watford Football club’s Community Sports and Education trust.

Following a successful pilot session in 2018 the group were delighted to be offered the chance for a further 6 sessions which began in January. The fortnightly two hour sessions, held in a village hall have been a great way of building confidence, coordination and strength.

Mark McManus helping Paul in one of the sessions

The sessions are led by Mark McManus from Watford Trust, who has Cerebral Palsy. He showcases that disability doesn’t stop you from participating or even leading a range of sports.

Audrey Lewis, Dimensions Outreach Support Worker, explains:

“Mark is a great role model, he shows that disability doesn’t prevent participation in sports and activities. He considers everyone’s abilities, the activities he leads are fully inclusive. We have two wheelchair users and three people who use a walking frame, everyone can participate.”

Karen Stephanou, Disability Football Development Manager says of the sessions:

“The programme is to work with groups of individuals that have a disability to allow them to look at trying different sports in a fun and safe environment. Mark who leads on the session has a disability himself so understands how to communicate positively and be a role model to get individuals motivated and more physically active to make sport an integral part of their life.”

The sessions have been so successful that Dimensions have recently been awarded another 6 sessions which will start at the end of April.

A huge thank you to Watford Football club’s Community Sports and Education trust for their continued support.