ActiveAbility programme expands to provide more activities for local disabled people

13th March 2018
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Active Nation have teamed up with Winchester City Council to expand Southampton’s ActiveAbility programme.

The programme has expanded across Hampshire to reach more disabled adults and teenagers. The joint venture between Winchester City Council and the nation wide charity, Active Nation aims to increase access to sports, exercise and activities for disabled people. Facilities including Winchester based River Park Leisure Centre, are now hosting a range of options. The wide range of options include Dance, Football, Boccia and Neuro Fit.

Since ActiveAbility Solent first started in 2014, more than 33,000 activity sessions have been attended by 2,000 disabled adults and teenagers. Active Nation have a simple mission: to make sport, exercise and activity accessible. Delivered in the community, all programmes remove barriers that can deter disabled participants. These barriers include travel, cost and need for equipment.

Winchester City Council has a dedicated Sport and Physical Activity team. The team oversee all the district’s existing sporting needs. They work with locals sports clubs to encourage residents of all ages and abilities to be active, under the name ‘Active Winchester’.

Calum Drummond, Sports Development Manager for the Council, said

“The Sport and Physical Activity team at Winchester City Council are delighted to work in partnership with Active Nation to contribute towards the objectives set out in the Winchester District Disability Sports Forum. Our aim is to develop and increase the amount of sport and physical activity on offer. By establishing this link with Active Nation, we are hopeful that this will be achieved and further opportunities will become available for young people and adults”.

By collaborating, ActiveAbility and Active Winchester are able to reach a much wider audience, beyond Southampton and across Hampshire. Residents in Winchester, Whiteley, Botley and Hedge End can now experience the same opportunities from their own local, specialist coaches and facilities.

Maxwell Bradbury-Knight, Active Nation’s Partnership Manager told us:

“I’m very excited to be working even closer with Calum and the Sports Development Team at Winchester City Council. It’s always been very clear how disability sport, exercise and activity can have an incredible impact on the physical and mental health of those who we support. To be working in a new area to create more opportunities for the residents of Hampshire to prosper in their ability and qualify for higher levels of competition, is something I am very much excited to be involved in.”

If this interests you or you know anyone that could benefit from the opportunities can visit and download a local disability activity programme.

For other enquiries you can have a chat with the friendly Active Communities Team on 02380 784 131 or

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