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Accessible activities for disabled children and young people

For kids to lead a healthy lifestyle they need to move as much as they can.

Being active for at least 60 minutes each day helps keep their hearts healthy and their bones strong. If they have additional needs, this is the same.

For some it may be an easy change to the games like:

  • using larger or softer balls
  • making distances shorter or targets bigger
  • playing for less time

Local activities 

Reds in the Community 

Reds in the Community provide chances for disabled children, young people and adults to take part in sport.

Game Changer 

This is a programme run by Reds in the Community and partners under Active in Barnsley.

Find out more on the Game Changer Facebook page.

NLY Community Sport

NLY Community Sport is a not-for-profit organisation that works in Barnsley. They have a positive impact on the lives on adults and children with learning difficulties. This is through sport and education.

Sheffield and Hallamshire FA

Sheffield and Hallamshire FA are committed to providing inclusive and accessible playing opportunities.

Barnsley Virtual Family Hub

On the Local Offer directory you'll find information for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. 

Take a look at the Local Offer.


Being active at home

Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance is a national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. They've made a list of useful exercise advice, workouts, videos, and activity guides. This helps everyone to move more while at home or when going outside for regular activity.

Healthier Families 

Healthier Families have lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active. This includes adapted games to play at home, and the Disney based ‘Shake Up’ games.

Youth Sport Trust

Youth Sport Trust have produced activity cards and video links. These are designed to support in-school and remote learning for:

  • children and young people with SEND.
  • those attending Alternative Provision schools.

Flamingo Chicks, in partnership with Lightyear Foundation

Flamingo Chicks, in partnership with Lightyear Foundation, produced inclusive active dance classes for disabled children. These virtual classes helped keep disabled children moving during lockdown. They're inclusive to a wide range of needs. Complete with Makaton signing, these classes are ideal for your living room.

We are Undefeatable 

We Are Undefeatable is a campaign helping those with long term health conditions to be more active.


Other information

Impairment Specific Advice

Activity Alliance provide contact information about impairment specific National Disability Sports Organisations.  

Finding free and discounted activities 

Scope provides details about where you can find free and discounted activities.

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Disabled boy swimming
Girl in wheelchair holding basket ball