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British Blind Sport ‘Have a Go’ Day

On Saturday 13th May 2017 Ellesmere College hosted British Blind Sport’s ‘Have a Go’ Day in Leicestershire where they offered free sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

Please see case study here 


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At Ellesmere College, BMX sessions are being held by coach Ben Rafferty as different special schools across the city and county get to learn new skills, with the addition of a lunch time club and community club.

Please see case study here.

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Leicester Riders Ellesmere Satellite Basketball Club

In partnership with Leicester Riders Basketball Club, Ellesmere College set up and ran a learning disabilities basketball club for students across the City and further. First started in January 2016 the club has seen over 20 students with moderate learning difficulties attend throughout to develop their basketball skills and gain values which can be acquired through sport such as team work, cohesion and fair play.

Please see case study here.

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Play Unified Summit

Read about the experience of five Ellesmere sports leaders who attended the Play Unified Summit held at Loughborough University here

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Leicester Penguins Swimming Club

Special Olympics Leicester Penguins Swimming club currently host sessions for disabled young people in the community. The club have a high record of attendance and achievement.

Click the link here to read more about the club and its impact in the community.

Melton Mencap Basketball

Melton Mencap is a local organization with voluntary status which caters for disabled people between the ages of 4-74. This project allowed Mencap members to experience a wide range of activities which they would not normally have the opportunity to participate in.

Please see case study here.

If you would like more information on the sessions contact: Sarah Milner -

Charnwood Boccia Club 


Working in partnership with local residential homes and day centres for people with special learning needs, Charnwood Borough Council, Fusion Lifestyles, Ellesmere College and LRS, provide a weekly inclusive Boccia session that has been set up for all Charnwood residents, but predominantly for the members of the abovementioned centres.

Tuesday from 11:00am – 12:00 noon at Loughborough Leisure Centre (costing £1.00 per session).

More information about the group here

Saffron Lane Special Olympics swimming club: Freddy Jukes’ story

Freddie Jukes' Saffron Lane swimming story
Read his experience and find club details here

 Freddie Jukes

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Thomas Bannister’s Saffron Lane swimming story
Read his experience and find club details here


Coalville gymnasts compete at World Championships

A pair of Coalville gymnasts have represented Great Britain in the world Championships achieving podium positions in some disciplines. Junior competitor Grace Hammond, 16, came fourth overall and Alice Patterson, 25, was awarded eighth place overall at the international event.

Both Grace and Alice were nominated for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award on behalf of North West Leicestershire.

For more information please contact Jack Southwart, North West Legacy Maker:

Coalville Gymnasts Report

Blaby District Inclusive Walking Football

Blaby District Council has been working with Leicestershire and Rutland County F.A to provide inclusive opportunities for participants to get or stay active. Walking football is a fantastic opportunity to get active whilst socialising with friends and local residents.

Every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00pm a Walking Football Club takes place at Holmes Park Whetstone. Faye from Leicestershire and Rutland County F.A delivers the sessions and helps participants to learn and understand the rules.

For more information about the club contact Blaby District Council Health and Leisure Department: / 0116 272 7703 or Nathan Smith, Blaby Legacy Maker:

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Fusion Awards 2015: Getting the people we support healthy

About 3 years ago Jessica Barker went to a forum for getting adults with learning difficulties into sport. Jessica was so impressed with what she saw that she became a ‘Sport Maker’. By signing up for the training, Jessica registered the company’s interest with the local council and Active Ellesmere (Leicestershire & Rutland’s support structure for disability sport, physical activity and physical education) as well as the LRSA (Leicestershire and Rutland Sports Association). She was very keen to find out ways in which we could help the people we support to be more active and in doing so become healthier.

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Rusty Rackets and Inclusive Tennis in Hinckley & Bosworth

Hinckley Town Tennis Club were supported by the Sport and Health Alliance to submit a bid to the “Shires Grant” to run a scheme to attract ex-players back to the tennis, they called this Rusty Rackets as it was hoped that people would get their old rackets out of the cupboard and have fun getting back into tennis.

Read more about inclusive tennis in Hinckley and Bosworth here

Table tennis inclusive & inspirational event

On Thursday the 15th of October table tennis royalty came to deliver on the programme aiming to engage 3 schools; Ellesmere Sports College, Fullhurst Community College, and St Mary’s C of E Primary School. Organised by Harry & Steve White (Aimstrong Sports) to invite young people to be able to see table tennis played and coached at the highest level. Hosted by Fullhurst, this was the first of a series of activities agreed by the chairs of Governors and Headteachers whereby collaboration is the order of the day.

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Sidekick Dance Company

Ashlea Smith interviews Charlotte Tomlinson & Kirsty Clarke from Sidekick Dance a creative and contemporary inclusive dance group.

Sidekick Dance company: Case study

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PMLD Event

On 13th October 2015 Ellesmere college hosted a PMLD event catering for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The day saw 7 special schools taking part in a circuit of multi-sensory activities.

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Basketball England's Leicestershire Schools Pilot Programme

The Leicestershire and Rutland Pilot Learning Disabled Basketball Programme, is a partnership between Basketball England, Ellesmere Active, the SOGB basketball clubs and Sport England

The Leicestershire LD Basketball programme, now in its 4th year, is used as a pilot to direct basketball England’s National Disability Development Plan. The programme enabled the National Disability Participation Officer to see exactly what was possible for LD Basketball delivery and highlighted the appetite for Basketball within Leicestershire schools

To read the full article please click here

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Students get a boost from new cycle skills

The BMX Pump track and mountain bike trail built by ‘Bike It’ was provided through contributions from Leicester Local Authority and Public Health. The last six months has allowed Ellesmere College students to access the track to create a dynamic teaching space including cycling, BMX, mountain biking, forestry activities and horticulture.

In addition the College are developing links with Fullhurst School to allow students to access the track as part of their curriculum, and hope in summer to hold a special schools cycling festival. Ellesmere are hoping to hear from the community about how the track could also be used in the future for local residents and the wider community.

Read the full press release here


Achieve with Us

We identified a local day centre – ‘Achieve with Us’ - through links with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council working with Graeme Chilvers, Health and Recreation Manager        

Adults with a range of learning disabilities access the centre with key aims of taking a more active role within their local community  

We arranged a meeting with potential players and staff, talked through what we can offer them and now it can impact on what they can then go into, in a field that they all loved…. Football!  

To read the full case study click on the PDF link below.

Achieve with us.pdf