Inclusive sport project celebrated at presentation evening at Georgian Theatre Royal

Dancing For All dancers at the presentation evening.

Inclusive sport in the community was celebrated at a presentation evening hosted by Richmond School and Sixth Form College at the town’s Georgian Theatre Richmond.

The event marked the success of the school’s Activities for All project, which received funding of almost £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Hosted by Six Nations Rugby champion, Katy Storie, the evening recognised how the project has supported students with co-ordination difficulties who may otherwise have not had access to inclusive sporting activities due to lack of opportunity and provision.

Development coordination disorder (previously termed dyspraxia) is a childhood condition which affects the development of gross and fine motor coordination.

This has an impact on academic success, many daily life skills and has a significant bearing on an individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Led by Kath Lawson, specialist teacher, and Steffy Cappleman, marketing coordinator, the programme offers cycling, dancing, pilates and swimming.

Since its launch, 141 students have enjoyed and benefited from these activities.

The project is supported by the Youth Sport Trust, Stage1Cycles from Hawes, Richmond and The Dales Swimming Club, Richmond Leisure Trust, Pilates Teacher Anne Thorogood and Vic Sellers from Aspire Dance, the Yes@RichmondSchool team.

The presentation was attended by students who have participated in the scheme, their parents as well as members of the community, including Councillor Jonathan Preece, Mayor of Richmond, as well as Jo-Anne Simpson from Richmondshire District Council, who has supported the development of inclusive sport across the region.

The audience enjoyed presentations from the coaches involved in the project.

The latest cohort of students from Dance for All put on a performance on stage.

Kath Lawson said: “We are delighted by the number of students of all ages and abilities who have participated in the programme. Students have attended to improve their skills but also to practice them in a safe and welcoming setting.”