NDCS Swimming Meeting At CDA

Deaf-Friendly Swimming Project – Eastern Development Meeting

Wednesday 24 February 2016 10:00am-12:00pm

 The Deaf-Friendly Swimming Project is a three year programme which aims to break down the barriers deaf young people face to participate in swimming activities. The programme is one of 44 schemes made possible by the Sport England Inclusive Sport Fund to create more opportunities for disabled people to play sport.

The programme is being delivered by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for the 45,000 deaf children in the UK and their families.

Swimming is a fully inclusive sport that people of any age or ability can take part in, however research conducted by NDCS has revealed that two out of five deaf children have had difficulties accessing swimming opportunities. Despite this, swimming is one of the sports deaf young people most want to take part in, with 69% of deaf young people saying they would like to swim more. Deaf young people can face many barriers to participate in swimming activity, however, we know by taking small and simple steps these can be overcome. NDCS can support swimming centres, clubs, teachers and coaches to gain the knowledge, communication skills and confidence to overcome these barriers to ensure deaf young people have the same access to swimming as their hearing peers.

Too many deaf young people are being denied the opportunity to swim because their needs are not understood, but by developing an inclusive environment for swimming activities we can ensure that deaf young people receive a positive experience when accessing swimming provision to develop a sporting habit for life.

The NDCS is looking to develop the Deaf-Friendly Swimming Project in the Eastern area. This will include:

Providing resources for swimming coaches, teachers and providers

  • Delivering workshops and training for swimming coaches, teachers and providers
  • Supporting deaf people to undertake coaching and teaching qualifications
  • Supporting mainstream swimming providers to include deaf young people in their mainstream activities
  • Supporting a swimming provider to deliver a Learn to Swim course for deaf young people
  • Supporting a swimming provider to deliver a swimming club for deaf young people
  • Supporting deaf young people and adults get involved in the NDCS Ready, Steady, Swim challenge
  • Hosting a regional gala for deaf young people to participate and compete against each other

In order to maximise the quantity and quality of swimming opportunities available to deaf young people we are really keen to engage with current stakeholders to ensure our support and resources are channelled in partnership with you.

Therefore we would like to invite you to attend an initial stakeholders meeting where we will provide further information on the proposed project in the East region and develop a dialogue with you as a potential partner of the project.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 10:00am-12:00pm

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association

8 Romsey Terrace

Cambridge

CB1 3NH

Refreshments will be provided. Communication support will be provided (if required) by NDCS.

If you would like to attend please confirm by emailing swimming@ndcs.org.uk. Please identify any communication support required.

If you would like further information, or would like to be involved, but can’t attend the date above please do get in touch so we can keep you updated.