fit and able

Fit and Able is a sport based initiative that offers fun games and sports to young people with disabilities or assisted needs.

 
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overview

Project staff provide young people with a series of fun activities in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The original project was created in response to the organisations community research study which identified a lack of provision for sports and activities to young people with assisted needs.

Providing a valuable activity to a marginalised group allows us to ensure that our club remains as inclusive and accessible to all members of our community.

how it works

Staff work in partnership with local schools that care for young people with assisted needs and engage classes in a variety of fun activities that cater for their very specific needs.

These sessions have proven extremely popular with parents and participants and as a free resource has proven to be invaluable to local schools across the community.

Project CoOrdinator - Andrew Westcott

Andrew is the Project Coordinator for Fit and Able, our project for young people with disabilities, in partnership with schools in the north-west of Glasgow. He is also the main coach delivering sessions and develops coaches and volunteers to assist with the sessions. The F&A sessions have become a regular school time slot for pupils at Kelbourne Park, St Charles LCR and Highpark LCR primary schools. All are located just a short walk from the office and sees us work closely with the schools and their staff. There is a need for more activity for disabled children including those with learning difficulties.

"In addition to my BSc (Hons) I also spent 3 years at college studying Community Leadership in Sports Coaching and Development including my first placement with pupils with SEN. In the last few years, I was heavily involved in developing award winning projects for AMsoccer Club and Links Park Community Trust including mental health projects including Walking Football, Health Walks and Football Memories (for people who live with dementia). I first gained experience with ADHD/ADD and Autistic children at Summit Camp in Pennsylvania, USA in 1998. I am happy to be leading the F&A project and using skills I have learned. I also have experience as a Support Worker for a young man with down syndrome and autism which I feel has helped me greatly with coaching the F&A pupils, especially ASD pupils.