Disability sport and physical activity
According to Sport England, only 14.2% of disabled people in County Durham participate in sport on a regular basis.
It is a high priority for us to make sure that disabled adults and young people are included in sport and leisure activities in County Durham. We aim to offer the same opportunities and choices as those for non-disabled people throughout our sport and leisure sites and activities.
All of our leisure and sports centres are accessible to everybody and have disabled changing facilities. We offer hoists or beach entry and adaptable wheelchairs for our swimming pools, and we have some specialist facilities including our state of the art multi-sensory room at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. For information on your nearest sports club that offers disability or inclusive provision you can visit Tyne Wear Sport Club Activity Finder.
We encourage and support people of all abilities to participate in our inclusive activities and sports clubs and we also offer some specific sessions for people with disabilities and additional needs including Splashability sessions at Spennymoor, Freeman's Quay and Chester-le-Street Leisure Centres.
Healthy Body, Healthy Minds
We are working in partnership with Durham University on a three year project funded by Sport England and aimed at providing a programme of activities for over 16s with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The project will be delivered across two hub sites: Spennymoor Leisure Centre and the Graham Sports Centre, Durham City. We deliver a variety of sport activities including:
- Street Dance
- Contemporary Dance
- Fitness suite (gym)
- Mini fencing
For more information about this project join the Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Facebook page.
For further general advice and information on disability sport, visit the English Federation of Disability Sport website.