Sport & Recreation Academy

Our physical fitness programme is based on a social cognitive theory that aims to improve self-efficacy and social support for those with ID.

Exercise can protect against secondary health conditions and lead to improvements in cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance, quality of life, anxiety and depression, maladaptive behaviours and weight management.

 

Our sports and recreational programmes are tailored to suit those with ID and are designed to improve flexibility, promote positive mental health, develop coping strategies and engage in active social skills.

Aerobic Activities

Aerobic exercise not only improves fitness; it also has known benefits for both physical and emotional health.

  • Swimming
  • Inspireding
  • Cardio Movement Circuit
  • Stationary bikes and treadmill training
  • Zumba
  • Pound dancing

Agility Training

Agility training aims to improve a person’s ability to maintain control while speeding up, slowing down, and changing direction.

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Boxercise
  • Martial arts

Strength & Conditioning Training

Strength training exercises help increase your overall muscular strength, making everyday tasks easier. Overall strength maintenance can help with independence skill building and alleviates pain and degenerative symptoms.

  • Gym Fitness
  • Resistance Training
  • Pilates

Outdoor & Recreational Activities

Leisure has been widely recognised as playing an important means of enhancing an individual’s quality of life, helping to make life more bearable, to relieve tensions, increase self‐esteem, enhance physical health and fitness; provide enhanced opportunities for learning, skill development, risk taking, to reduce the risk of illness, and to build and maintain social relationships and networks.

 

These activities help develop the competencies of people with ID, so as to provide them with similar benefits that are achieved through open employment. That is to develop social networks and to meet new friends, increase levels of self‐esteem and to gain respect and self‐pride.

Other Activities

• Bowling
• Mini Golf
• Horse riding
• Disco Dancing
• Surfing (Weather permitting)
• Boating