Every year, we see sports coaches and volunteers across Wales taking steps to grow, diversify and develop their clubs.
We want to be sure that every person in Wales has the opportunity and ability to be active and last year we supported some brilliant projects that helped to do just that. We wanted to share some of these with you, so you can take inspiration for your club in 2024.
Adapt your sessions for people’s different needs
According to the most recent National Survey for Wales, nearly a million people in Wales are not taking part in regular sport or physical activity.
There’s lots of reasons someone might not want to take part, and we know that participation levels are still below average for women, disabled adults and those living in material deprivation.
Your club can make sessions more inclusive for people who are experiencing barriers to sport by adapting your sessions to meet their needs. Here are a few of our favourite examples:
- Rhiwbina Ladies Bowls Club started a Veterans session for their older members who were struggling to keep up with the regular classes.
- Shotton Town Junior Football Club was created to ensure there was a place for deaf or hard of hearing children to get active and play football.
- Rhondda Dragons Dodgeball Club saw from our School Sport Survey that over 100,000 children in Wales would like more opportunities to play dodgeball, so they created a junior team.
- Aberystwyth Basketball Club launched glow-in-the-dark basketball sessions to help women and girls at their club feel more comfortable.
- Dysinni Hockey Club have adapted their sport to suit all their participant’s needs, with walking hockey for those who want to take things slower and indoor hockey for the colder months of the year.