Danshell Indoor Sports Day
On Friday 5th February, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre, Darlington, approximately 20 enthusiastic service users were gathered with their support staff to take part in various sporting activities for the Danshell Indoor Sports Day. The ‘Move More’ team provided activities such as bocce, shuttle runs, table tennis, indoor golf, chair aerobics and trampolining. Service users rotated around in groups ensuring they tried as many of the different disciplines as possible.
All activities were well received by the service users, and staff were pleased with everyone’s enthusiasm. Some of the attendees enjoyed the day so much that they asked for future trampolining lessons for one of the services, and also that another sports day be held soon! One of the activity coordinators is looking to potentially create a lesson plan around Chair Aerobics after the session as they believe it would be ideal for some service users who find it hard to leave the unit.
At the end of all the activities, the groups were brought together to receive certificates for participating. Service users who were only able to spectate received a certificate also, ensuring that everyone received recognition for what they have achieved and to serve as a reminder of the great day they had. The Sports Day has had a positive effect on staff and service users alike.
The reason behind the Sports Day was to create a safe environment where those we serve can try new sporting activities and also socialise with other people in Danshell. Sport for some of our service users may bring back negative memories so events like this will help remove those anxieties. The focus is having fun and trying something different, whilst also helping to promote participation and enjoyable exercise. This will help people become healthier and also help with integration into the community in the long term.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and organised the event. It was a great success and we look forward to seeing more of them in the future.