Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Shropshire Football Association (inc Shropshire FA Disability Football)

www.shropshirefa.com

[email protected]

 01743 362 769 or 07435 960649

Eve Bailey. Football Development Officer (Girls & Women/Disability/Young Leadership) Shropshire Football Association

Oteley Road Shrewsbury Shropshire SY2 6ST 

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Shropshire FA support a number of FA Ability Counts Football club sessions. These clubs have shown a commitment to providing opportunities for disabled people to take part in coaching and In some cases competitive football competing in the

FA 3 Counties Ability Counts League. 

There’s never been a better time to get involved and play disability football.

Opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels have grown incredibly over the past few years. You may be an enthusiastic grass roots player who likes nothing more than a kick about with your friends and enjoys the social aspect of this participation. Others may have ambitions to develop as a player and to potentially to play for their country – the good news is that the systems are in place for you access football at the level that meets your needs and aspirations.

For more information download the poster below:

Disability Leaflet – Website

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Shrewsbury’s Quarry Swimming Pool-Survey closes on Monday 5th January 2015!

Start Date:
21st December 2014

End Date:
6th January 2015

Start Time:
00:01

End Time:
12:00

Would the possible closure, relocation of Shrewsbury’s Quarry swimming pool affect you? Or would you benefit by a refurbishment, its possible closure and a new pool being built? There are endless questions we can ask, and it is very important that you, our members have the opportunity to take part in a survey on how proposals may affect you for better or worse. We are THE place for disability information in Shropshire & give people with a disability and their carers a “VOICE” so if there are areas that need to be considered that would help you with your disability use future facilities now is a golden opportunity to have a “voice” & hopefully influence decisions.

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The survey which takes about 5 minutes to complete can be found by clicking here www.surveymonkey.com/s/ShrewsburyQuarrySurvey

It is being conducted by The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Forum to better understand how the four indoor & one outdoor pools are used. The survey not only looks at usage but the mode of transport used to get to the complex as well as what else people do when visiting pool ie shopping, work, study, leisure.

 

What if you can not access the survey on-line! While the survey takes no more than 5 minutes to complete on line, hard copies of the survey can be obtained from any member of The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Forum and they are being distributed in town, at Shrewsbury Park run etc

 

Background: Shrewsbury Quarry pool is long overdue for refurbishment. Usage data collected by Shropshire Council so far suggests the number of pools could be halved! The 33 metre six-lane Quarry pool could be replaced by a 25 metre pool with eight lanes wide. The future model for refurbishing, rebuilding or relocating the pool is for a 25 metre eight lane pool and a learner pool of 10 metres by 17 metres.

 

Once data has been collected it will help Shropshire Council analyse the options for the centre. More information on what Shropshire Council says can be found here https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/leisure/swimming-provision-in-shrewsbury/

 

There time scale for this survey is very short, especially as we have the festive season & New Year upon us. The survey closes at 12 noon on Monday 5th January 2015 so if you want a say, please complete it now.

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Kelda writes I got confirmation on Thursday that I am being put on the British Canoeing Podium Potential Programme

It was good to have a bit of energy back this week and to be able to get stuck into the training sessions again. There’s been some good days when I’ve felt really strong, and some not so good days when I’ve got really frustrated….but I guess it’ll always be a bit like that, and dealing with the frustrations is part of the challenge. The weather hasn’t help, and I got another very cold dunking on Friday when I got caught by a strong gust of wind.

The cold doesn’t help my ankle either and I’ve been in a fair bit of pain this week. This hasn’t helped things in the boat as I end up feeling pretty uneven. We’re looking into changing some adaptation’s in the boat to try and help things, and we’ve also changed my technique a bit to try and get the power from my hips rather than my feet. Once I grasp it this should hopefully make quite a big difference, but it’s always a challenge getting used to changes.

It’s been a significant week this week, as I got confirmation on Thursday that I’m being put on the British Canoeing Podium Potential Programme. This is really exciting news and means I’ll now get some funding through UK Sport. I’m incredibly grateful to UK Sport for their support and this will have a huge impact on my training. It’s great to move into 2015 with this in place.

I’ve also been asked this week to get involved with the Sporting Champions programme through “Get Inspired”, which similar to the Energize project, it will involve going into schools and working with young people to try and encourage and inspire them to participate in sport. As I’ve said before, this is something I’m incredibly passionate about, having experienced first hand, both through my work and through my own personal journey, the huge part sport can play on an individual’s confidence and development, so I’m really looking forward to getting involved with the programme.

At this time of year, I’d really like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped make everything that’s happened so far possible. To Marton pool for allowing me to train on their lake when I’m home in Shropshire, to The Holme Perriepont Leisure Trust for their support of my accommodation, to The Shropshire Community Leisure Trust for providing me access to the Shrewsbury Sports Village and their facilities, to Marc Woods for his invaluable advice and support and to the coaches at GB Canoeing and all the other athletes for providing me with the most amazing opportunity and giving me just the best time of my life!

Last week was another special week for Climbing Out too. Kevin Gledhill is a gentleman I met earlier in the year, he is an incredible man, who has sadly been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has set up a trust fund to support a Climbing Out programme a year for the foreseeable future. These programmes will be his legacy.

I was lucky enough to attend Kevin’s 60th Birthday last weekend, where Kevin asked everyone to donate to Climbing Out instead of buying him presents. The generosity of everyone was overwhelming, and the total raised so far stands at just under £5,000! The huge support shown is testament to just what a special man Kevin is.

So all that’s left to say is a huge Happy Christmas to everyone. Mine won’t be filled with too much eating and drinking (we’ve got performance testing on the 5thJanuary so there’s no time for slacking!) but hopefully there’ll still be lots of merriment. Here’s to an awesome 2015!!

Happy Christmas!:-)

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Cycling 4 All Shropshire – Inclusive cycling opportunities

What is Cycling 4 All Shropshire?

Cycling4All Shropshire is keen to promote and develop opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities, to enjoy cycling in a supportive and comfortable setting.

 

 

There are currently outdoor sessions running at several locations across Shropshire including, Shrewsbury Sports Village, Cae Glas Park, Oswestry, Maurice Chandler Leisure Centre, Market Drayton and South Shropshire Leisure Centre, Ludlow. It is easy to take part and you can just come along on a drop in basis or contact the centres to ask about pre- booked sessions. There are sessions that run through the school holidays which gives an opportunity for the whole family to join in.

The family sessions run by Cycling Projects are dependent on the support of Shropshire County Council but it is hoped that a couple of permanent opportunities will be set up at in Ludlow (or possibly Craven Arms) and Oswestry. It is proposed that these sites will have a small selection of bikes at each location and be volunteer led through the community, parents and carers.

There are many volunteering opportunitiesat the centres and on Cycling4All – Shropshire the community group. We also need help with fund-raising to increase the available fleet to include some step through cycles, a wheelchair transporter and more children’s cycles. If you are interested in getting involved we would be delighted to hear from you.

More information at http://www.ctc.org.uk/cycle-centre/cycling4all-shropshire

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Under 16′s Pan Football Mash Up Festival

Start Date:
25th January 2015

End Date:
25th January 2015

Start Time:
12 noon

End Time:
2 pm

Event title: Under 16′s Pan Football Mash Up Festival
Venue: Telford College of Arts & Technology (Sports Drome) Haybridge Road, Telford TF1 2NP
Weblink: www.shropshirefa.com
Name: Eve Bailey
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 362 769 or 07435 960649
Event description: As part of the FA 3 Counties Ability Counts Football League, we will be running a U16’s PAN Football Mash Up Festival for 12 – 16 year old
Teams/players from across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are welcome to attend. This event is open to male and female players.

The day will be delivered by FA Mash Up Coaches delivering fun sessions in a friendly environment with games to follow.Those players not involved with a team will be given details of how to join a club.

If you enjoy playing football & would like to play in a fun & friendly environment then this is for you. All abilities are welcome.
If you are interested in entering, please contact myself on [email protected] no later than Sunday 11th January 2015.

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BSL Performance of Peter Pan

Start Date:
7th January 2015

End Date:
7th January 2015

Start Time:
5.30 pm

End Time:
8.00 approx

Event title: BSL Performance of Peter Pan
Venue: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
Weblink: www.theatresevern.co.uk
Name: Severn Theatre
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 281281
Event description: Open to all, this performance will be a BSL (British Sign Language) performance to aid the hearing impaired. This hilarious family panto will star Shropshire’s favourite Dame, BRAD FITT, & once again will be packed full of comedy, audience participation, spectacular sets and dazzling costumes.

The show will be written by PAUL HENDY and produced by the same team who brought you the year’s smash hit, Sleeping Beauty.

Important Information if you are booking tickets and have a disability!

If you have a disability you are entitled to receive 50% discount off full price seats. Should you need the service of a companion, their ticket is also half price. Proof of eligibility will be required. Patrons must state discounts and produce proof of eligibility at the time of booking, as discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.

Beauty & the Beast-BSL signed Performance

Start Date:
28th December 2014

End Date:
28th December 2014

Start Time:
5.30 pm

End Time:
7.30 pm

Event title: Beauty & the Beast-BSL signed Performance
Venue: The Place, Oakegates Theatre, Lime Walk, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6EP
Weblink: www.theplacetelford.com
Name: The Place
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 382 382
Event description: This is a special BSL (British Sign Language)  performance of this years pantomime.
Chaos, calamities and comedy await Telford audiences next Christmas when we venture back in time to the French village of Cristimonto.

Wicked Witch Guillotine has cast a spell on the dashing Prince and condemned him to spend the next two years living as a beast – unless he can be saved by a kiss of true love.

A host of colourful characters will help to tell the tale with Professor Rene Crackpot and his crazy inventions, Gerald Le Huntsman the village hunk and wannabe heart throb who wants to woo Belle, the caring and comedic Madame Cherie trifle, and the mischievous and playful Hugo Le Gaff.

It’s guaranteed pedigree pantomime magic and all delivered with a Beast of a story line and the Beauty of a talented cast.
If you have any queries about this performance please contact us. Wheelchair spaces are limited and must be booked in advance direct with the Box Office as we may not be able to accommodate on the day if not booked.

Tickets for the relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast are priced at £9.50 – £16, with special discounts for families and groups.

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Kelda writes …..resulted in me going for an involuntary swim after capsizing during training!

I had to have a bit of a chat to myself before I started writing this week. I’ve not had a great week, and I would normally keep those times when I’m not feeling strong and focused to myself. However, I want this to be a very honest and open account of what’s going on, so I guess there’s no point just writing about the good times!

I’ve found it quite a tough week. For whatever reason I’ve felt physically and mentally tired. Each morning I’ve got up thinking “today I’m going to go out and smash it” and I’ve really struggled to find the grit and determination to do it. It’s been frustrating…I think I’ve just got over tired. There’s been so much going on outside of training at the minute, and keeping on top of everything has been a challenge. I know I’ll get my mojo back, but it’s been an emotional week and there’s been a good few tears!

The weather hasn’t helped….it’s bloomin’ cold out on the water at the minute! The winds on Wednesday made life pretty difficult too, and resulted in me going for an involuntary swim after capsizing during training!

Even though I’ve struggled this week, things are still definitely improving. I’m lifting more weight in the gym and I’m feeling strong on the water….I’m just looking forward to what I can do once I’m feeling back to normal!

Earlier in the week I caught up on some information that we’d all been sent through about Rio 2016. It was a little bit surreal looking at the layout of the Olympic village, seeing the times of the opening and closing ceremony and being told the days our races would take place. It made the whole thing very real….and I cried – again!! As a kid I dreamed of representing my country and going to the Olympics, although I always thought it would be on a horse! And here I am, at 41years old, with a real chance of going….in a boat!!! I found it incredibly emotional when that realisation hit. But as my great friend, and 12 times paralympic swimming medallist Marc Woods said when I told him how upset I’d got “Use that emotion Kelda”. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do!

Next week I have every intention of training stronger, harder….and getting faster!

Children and Young Peoples Wheelchair Skills Workshop

Start Date:
17th January 2015

End Date:
17th January 2015

Start Time:
9.30 am

End Time:
3.00 pm

Event title: Children and Young Peoples Wheelchair Skills Workshop
Venue: Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton, WV14 0EF
Weblink: www.go-kids-go.org.uk
Name: Go Kids Go
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01482 887163
Event description: Free wheelchair skills training for children and young people age 18 months- 18 years who use a manual/self propelled wheelchair.

The training will include key skills such as back-wheel balancing and emergency evacuation techniques along side fun games and an introduction to wheelchair basketball and dance.

A stock of spare manual wheelchairs are provided for the day, so that parents and siblings can get involved, fun for all the family!

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Young Adult Carers-Inbetweeners Group-Bowling

Start Date:
22nd January 2015

End Date:
22nd January 2015

Start Time:
5.30 pm

End Time:
7.30 pm

Event title: Young Adult Carers-Inbetweeners Group-Bowling
Venue: Contact for details
Weblink: www.carerscontact.org.uk
Name: Caroline Elliott
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 458044 or 0778 784 5714
Event description: This group is for you if you are between the ages of 17 to 24 years. Our meetings are monthly and we have a variety of events for our young adult carers.

For more information about the Inbetweeners Group or to book a space for our Bowling evening please contact Caroline on 01952 458044 or email [email protected]