Disability Sport Wales and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have teamed up through Sport Wales Calls for Action funding to provide a new service that will help disabled people in North Wales improve their general level of physical activity, and involvement in sport; with the intention of doubling the number of physically active disabled people in the region.
The partnership is supporting staff within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to provide information and signposting to disabled people accessing Health services, towards appropriate clubs, activities, or sports sessions which will help maintain or improve fitness levels and overall wellbeing, through increased participation and where relevant competitive opportunities.
In 2014, the first year of the partnership, over 500 health professional across North Wales recieved up-skilling sessions around disability sport and the role they play in promoting this to their patients. 222 Disabled people were signposted from health to disability sport. Amoungst these was a young disabled person who went on to be selected for Wales Under 15’s Wheelchair Basketball team. The benefits of participating in physical activity/ sport are huge. The partnership is making a real difference to the lives of disabled people across North Wales.
Work is also being undertaken within the surrounding sport sector to ensure that long term partnerships are forged between health and sport organisations, securing the sustainability of the project.