Fendis launches new sport club

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FENDIS is launching an exciting new multi-sports club for young people with disabilities.

The innovative multi-sports club at the Sports Centre at Neale-Wade Community College, opening on October 18, was made possible by a grant from the Roddons Housing Association Community Fund.

The club will offer brand-new equipment for a wide variety of sports including football, cricket and basketball, and aims to encourage youngsters with a disability to take part in mainstream activities.

The sessions are open to young people, aged from six to 18, and will be run by specially trained coaches. Family members and siblings are welcome to join in.

The sports club has been developed and funded with a grant from Roddons Housing Association’s £300,000 Community Funding pot. The Community Fund supports local organisations with tackling unemployment and raising skills in the Fenland community.

Fendis received funding from Roddons due to the importance of the project, giving young people with a disability the opportunity to learn valuable skills and lessons through sport in a mainstream environment.

Wendy Coles, community and projects officer for Roddons Housing Association, said: “We were very pleased to award funding to this group which works tirelessly to try and improve the opportunities for disabled people who can face social isolation.”

Sue James, chair of Fendis, said: “We are extremely grateful to Roddons for giving us the opportunity to launch this club.

“We have seen fantastic results in similar clubs giving these youngsters the chance to be included and with improvements in behaviour and physical skills.

“This club also offers a rare opportunity for families to participate and to learn ways of involving youngsters with disabilities in mainstream sport.”

Each session lasts for one hour and will take place every Tuesday. The charge per child or young person is £2.50 per session.

Chief coach, Mark Spinks, who has learning and physical disabilities, is an inspirational example for the youngsters taking part.

He runs a successful multi-sports club at Wisbech with his assistant Julie who is very experienced in this field.