Kids Get Active This Summer with Friday Night Live

2nd June 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Friday nights are going to be sporty for the borough’s young people with the launch of Friday Night Live – an inclusive sports programme for young people 11 and over with disabilities, their friends and siblings.

Friday Night Live launched as a pilot in February between Spring into Action and Hyndburn Leisure and ran for six weeks, with a total of 26 young people taking part in archery, trampolining, football and dance. The young people enjoyed the sessions so much; that they requested more sports based sessions on a Friday night.

Spring into Action has been since working with Hyndburn Leisure and Active Hyndburn to make this happen. The partnership between the three organisations has meant that sport will be available to young people with disabilities in Hyndburn and the surrounding areas every Friday evening from 20th June to 22nd August 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

The project will see young people take part in dance sessions provided by Active Hyndburn, and multi-sports sessions provided by Hyndburn Leisure. Spring into Action staff will be on hand to take registrations, and provide additional support to the qualified coaches delivering the activity.

A mum of a 17-year-old girl with disabilities who attended the pilot project said: “We were so pleased to hear the Club for children with disabilities was starting again. It's very difficult to find activities for children with learning difficulties.”

Lucy Hamlin, Director of Spring into Action said: “Sports provision for people with disabilities is limited in Hyndburn, and young people with disabilities often find it daunting to access sports at leisure centres and clubs. By providing inclusive sessions where young people can try out sport in a safe environment with their brothers, sisters and friends, we hope to break down some of the barriers that these young people face.”

The project is part funded by Sportivate, Active Hyndburn and Positive Together and in addition to the activities taking place throughout the project, on 27th June and 8th August, the project will be visited by Sporting Champion, John Patrick Acquaviva, who will provide some freestyle sessions and be available to talk to the young people about freestyle football and sport. Sporting Championsis a Sport England initiative bringing world-class athletes face-to-face with young people and young adults to inspire and motivate them. John Patrick Acquaviva is a freestlye footballer andopened the first Freestyle football academies in Colombia and Venezuela and recently incorporated an International Freestyle foundation; a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of making the knowledge and practice of Freestyle football more widespread around the world and available to everyone.