How to start offering inclusive sport…? Follow Vickie’s lead!
26/05/2015 - Bob Hill
Vickie Mitchell from TLF Dance Centre, based in Nailsea, won the regional Contribution to Inclusive Sport Award at the most recent West of England Celebration of Sport Evening.
Vickie has created a range of exciting new opportunities for disabled people in North Somerset to take up dance, both through dedicated groups, mixed sessions and performances. So how has she done it?
Vickie is passionate about everyone enjoying dance, whether disabled, non-disabled of any age and background.
Early on Vickie contacted North Somerset Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyles Team to get involved in its Sportarray initiative. She subsequently attended inclusive sport training sessions, publicised her activities widely through the disability sector and made fantastic links with local schools and organisations.
Vickie has developed a strong team of coaches and volunteers through family and friends to support new inclusive dance sessions.
Last year, Vickie gained a Level 2 Wheelchair Dance instructor qualification with support from Sportarray and a coach bursary scheme from Wesport - the county sports partnership. Her new wheelchair dance club takes place on Monday evenings in Nailsea and is one of the first of its kind in the sub-region.
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