Richmond School gets funding for inclusive sports opportunities

Katy Storie, ex-England Rugby International, Kath Lawson, specialist teacher at Richmond School and Jordan Stephenson, North East development manager, Youth Sport Trust.

Richmond School has received funding of £9,992 from the Big Lottery Fund to support a series of inclusive community sport opportunities for young people from across the region.

The bid, titled Activities for All – A pathway for those with coordination difficulties, was put together by Kath Lawson, specialist teacher, and Steffy Cappleman, marketing coordinator at the school.

The bid was put together to address concerns that students with coordination difficulties do not regularly access sporting activities, not because of their difficulties but due to lack of opportunity and provision.

The Yes@RichmondSchool bid was supported by The Youth Sport Trust (YST), Stage1Cycles from Hawes, Richmond and The Dales Swimming Club, Richmond Leisure Trust, Pilates teacher Anne Thorogood and Vic Sellers from Aspire Dance.

Kath: “We are hugely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for awarding us such a substantial grant to enhance our inclusive sports offer.

“It will make an immense difference to many young people, enabling them to access and take part in a range of sports, alongside their friends, while under the direction of highly-qualified sports leaders.”

Ex-England Rugby international Katy Storie and mentor at the YST, said: “I am really excited to be involved in this program as I personally have a great passion for ensuring everyone can access sport.

“This will give new opportunities to young people who felt that sport didn’t have a place for them and I hope this program will spark a legacy of ongoing participation.”

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, self-esteem.

As part of the project Lois Addy, an independent SEND advisor and lecturer, teaching both nationally and internationally, will provide training for professionals and parents on developmental coordination disorder focusing on developing an understanding of the condition, and resources and strategies which help.

Dr Mike Brookes, GP partner at Reeth Medical Centre, said: “Children affected by DCD experience difficulties with motor-coordination, so encouraging them to take part in sport improves their motor skills in a setting where they can have fun and enjoy themselves.

“The ‘Activities for All’ is a fabulous initiative that has the potential to bring enormous benefits to young people with DCD.

“It raises much-needed awareness about the condition and the positive impact regular involvement in sport has on self-confidence and academic approach, whilst supporting skills for life and emotional wellbeing.”

To find out more about the courses available from Yes@Richmond School, visit www.yesatrichmondschool.net/Training-Events or email yes@richmondschool.net