Organisations and activities
These clubs and organisations provide opportunities in athletics for disabled people:
These clubs and organisations provide opportunities in cricket for disabled people in Birmingham:
These council pools are accessible to people with physical disabilities:
- Beeches Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre - The pool has a hoist.
- Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre - The pool has sloped access and there is a changing bed and hoist for use by trained advocates or carers.
- Erdington Leisure Centre - The centre has changing places facilities and a pool pod for wheelchair access to the pool.
- Fox Hollies Leisure Centre - The pool is deck level with low steps into it. It also has a pool hoist and shower chairs.
- Harborne Pool & Fitness Centre - The pool has a hoist. A specific disability swimming session is also available, please contact the centre for further details.
- Kingstanding Leisure Centre - The pool has a sloped access and shower chairs. There is also a changing bed and hoist for use by trained advocates or carers.
- Ladywood Leisure Centre - The centre has changing places facilities and a pool pod for wheelchair access to the pool. A specific disability swimming session is also available, please contact the centre for further details.
- Northfield Leisure Centre - The centre has changing places facilities and a pool pod for wheelchair access to the pool.
- Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre - The pool has a hoist.
- Stechford Cascades - The centre has changing places facilities and a pool pod for wheelchair access to the pool.
- Wyndley Leisure Centre - The pool has a hoist.
You can learn to swim on one of our Strokes for Life swimming courses.
There are specific swimming sessions for disabled young people at Tiverton Road Pool and Fox Hollies Leisure Centre.
These disability swimming clubs provide a range of swimming opportunities, from recreational to competitive activities:
- Birmingham Meerkats Sports Club - Recreational swimming at Wilson Stuart School, Perry Common. Ramped access and pool chairs available. The club meet on a Wednesday (school terms only) between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. For further information contact Emma Love, 0121 355 8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- City of Birmingham Special Olympics - Recreational and coaching swimming sessions for people with a learning disability. Pool hoist available. The club meets on a Monday between 5pm and 7pm at Stechford Cascades. For further information contact Mike Day, 0121 382 6567 or email@example.com.
- Alta Sports Club - Recreational and coaching swimming sessions at the Munrow Sports Centre, University of Birmingham, Selly Oak. Pool hoist and shower chairs available. The club meets on a Sunday between 1pm and 2:30pm.
- The Orange Squad - This is a squad of junior and senior swimmers from county level through to National/International/Paralympic level. They meet every second Saturday in the month between 9am and 10:30am at Langley Swimming Centre in Oldbury. For further information contact Sarah Brown, 07825 136354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the national body responsible for developing sport for disabled people in England.
- Dwarf Sports Association (West Midlands) - The West Midlands group organises sporting and recreational activities for people with restricted growth. For further information please contact April Barrett, 0121 454 5582 or email@example.com
- Gateway Awards - Activities leading to awards for people aged 13 years and over with a learning disability.
- Phab Clubs - Phab clubs organise a range of sporting and social activities to bring together people with and without disabilities.
- Hamstead Hall Sports Acadamy - Sports and play sessions after school, at weekends and during the holidays. The activities are fully inclusive and children with special needs are welcome.
- Skiing & Uphill Ski Club - The club is based at the Ackers Dry Ski Slope and has adapted equipment and fully-qualified instructors to enable disabled people to learn to ski.
- Birmingham Wheels Park - The park gives young people the chance to drive and ride motor vehicles and try other wheeled activities and sports safely, including roller skating, karting, skateboarding and cycling. Dual-control cars are available and have been used very successfully by organisations working with visually-impaired people.
- Riding for the Disabled Association - The Riding for the Disabled Association gives disabled people the chance to learn how to ride horses and/or carriage driving. There are a number of riding venues across the West Midlands.
These groups can help fund disabled sporting activities.
- Sport England makes awards to organisations running projects aimed at increasing participation in sports at community level.
- BBC Children in Need is a national grant making trust that gives grants to help disadvantaged children and young people.
- The Football Foundation allocates funding for improving sports facilities as well as funding projects that increase participation in football and other sports.
- Whizz-Kidz provides mobility equipment, advice and information for children and young people throughout the UK to enable them to enjoy their own independence.