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Adaptive Karate for everyone

Adaptive Karate are a Derby based group led by instructors John and Elaine Johnston who have expanded their programme to work with adults with a learning disability. As part of this work they have linked up with EMH Care and Support to deliver sessions to their users.

Providing an inclusive programme of activity

The Medway Centre in Bakewell plays host to the sessions that take place on a weekly basis, giving the participants regular opportunity to take part in physical activity.

Around 20 people take part including staff, volunteers and support workers - all helping to ensure the session is fully inclusive for the adults who have additional needs. EMH Care and Support have a varied programme for their users and are proactive in providing opportunities for them to be physically active.

Other activities on offer include ten pin bowling and a Friday multi-sport session that includes sports such as boccia and new age kurling.

Taking part together

Sessions helping to build strength

The range of ability as within all sports sessions varies greatly and the instructors ensure they adapt their offer to suit everyone.

One participant, Val who has both a physical and learning disability, takes part with the support of her Personal Assistant, Julie.

Julie explains how the sessions have benefited Sal: "We have found that over the weeks she has been coming, her strength and coordination has improved.

"She is able to stand longer, she spends a lot of time in the chair...she's able to support herself without my aid".

Adapting the session

The session is adapted so that it is fully inclusive for everyone, John explains their approach: "We make sure that everyone is included all the time.

"If they are in a wheelchair and we're doing kicking, we'll try and get them to kick, if they can't kick we will get them lifting their body weight or something else".

Support staff such as Julie can also see the benefit of how John and Elaine deliver the session. Julie commented that: "They adapt to Sally's needs every week because they (her needs) change every week.

"They are aware that some weeks she may need more encouragement, other weeks she will just enjoy being here.

"They always talk to her on her level and explain what they are going to do so it enables her to joining in with everybody else".

The users all pay a contribution for the session, helping it to become sustainable so that John and Elaine can keep coming back to the Medway Centre. Adaptive Karate would like to continue their work with different groups so that they engage with a wider audience.

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Adaptive Karate working with EMH Care & Support

Accessible sport for all

Help for your club to be inclusive

To assess how inclusive your club is, complete 'The Inclusion Hub Club' - a simple self-assessment tool that provides you with a action plan that can help start to implement key actions.

For details on the Inclusion Hub Club and other inclusive resources - click here.

Contact details

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