Within Hertfordshire there are dozens of fantastic opportunities for people with all kinds of disabilities to get involved in all kinds of sport, from football or tennis to swimming or archery… There’s something for everybody, but there’s still more to be done.
Herts Disability Sports Foundation
The Herts Disability Sports Foundation (HDSF) is a charity and was originally set up in Welwyn Hatfield to promote the development of disability sport across Hertfordshire. The sites, Gosling Sports Park and Stanborough Park, offers a wide range of participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The Foundation also supports inclusive training and coach development for participants, coaches and day service staff; providing a holistic approach to inclusive sports development.
In addition to this, we provide open sessions which are available to anybody with a disability, and their siblings or friends. These sessions include archery, Easy Rider adapted cycling, doughnutting, fishing and bell boating. The Foundation is also able to cater for organisations who would like to take part in corporate activities with a Paralympic twist.
Finally, we are able to run activities from a variety of facilities across Hertfordshire. Activities include archery, basketball, Boccia, dance, Easy Rider adapted cycling, fitness and mobility, team building activities and wheelchair basketball.
An organisation offering sporting opportunities for people with learning difficulties; their main focus being to offer sport at all levels and for all abilities. Hertfordshire has two branches of the Special Olympics; one covering East Herts the other covering St Albans.
Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust
The Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust are delivering the Premier League and BT Disability programme to help offer opportunities for disabled people through sport by embedding a culture of inclusivity across the trust. This will ensure that disabled people can access sport or physical activity of their choice, being inspired to be more active, and encouraged to develop their skills and confidence needed to realise their potential.
To find out further information on the sessions available please visit the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust website.
Additional information is also available on the Herts Youth Inclusive Football website.
There are a number of clubs and organisations listed on the Hertfordshire Directory which offer leisure activities for people with disabilities of all ages.