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Organisations and activities

Athletics

These clubs and organisations provide opportunities in athletics for disabled people:

Cricket

These clubs and organisations provide opportunities in cricket for disabled people in Birmingham:

Swimming

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 a sloped entry, with shower chairs and large family changing facilities. There is a changing bed and hoist for use by trained advocates and carers. Disabled people are welcome to swim whenever the pool is open to the general public; there is also a free session for disabled people on Saturdays between 5pm and 6pm.
  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre - The pool is deck level with low steps into it. It also has a pool hoist and shower chairs. The Wobblers and Wheelies swimming club meets here on a Friday evening between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.
  • 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.
  • Stechford Cascades - This pool has a hoist.
  • Tiverton Pool & Fitness Centre - The pool has a hoist and runs learn-to-swim sessions specifically for disabled children.

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:

  • Wobblers and Wheelies Sports ClubRecreational and coaching swimming sessions for people with physical impairments at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre in Acocks Green. Hoist and pool chairs are available. The club meets on a Friday between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.
  • 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 meerkatsport@hotmail.co.uk.
  • 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 mike.day01@tiscali.co.uk.
  • 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 sarah.brown@swimming.org

Multi-sports clubs

  • 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 westmidlands@dsauk.org
  • 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. 

Outdoor activities

  • 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.
  • RYA Sailability (West Midlands) - RYA Sailability is a charity for disabled people wanting to sail or take part in boating activities. 
  • Riding for the Disabled AssociationThe 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.

Funding

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.