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09/12/2022

Don’t forget the Y-Mania Jingle Bell Ball at the YMCA Redhill next week – details on the attached flyer.

02/12/2022

The YMCA have two boccia qualification courses coming up in early 2022. These are a Leader’s Award – a 3 hour workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals of boccia, and an officiating qualification – a 7 hour course including some theory tests at the end. Anyone achieving either qualification will also get the chance to use their qualification by helping run the YMCA boccia club on Saturdays.

The Leader’s Award costs £30 to attend, however you can attend free of charge if you assist with the YMCA boccia club on Saturdays for a total of 5 hours once you are qualified.(Please note a DBS check will be required to assist with the club.) This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in sport and coaching to boost their CV by gaining a qualification and get coaching experience. If you would like to join either course or find out more information, please contact Sam Lyle at the YMCA by telephoning 01737 779979 or you can contact them through Katy at Surrey Coalition (SMS or phone 07434 865062 or email katy.hubbard@surreycoalition.org.uk)”


30/11/2021

Jingle Bell Ball! See the poster below.


18/11/2021

  • Coalition member Jane Sellers recently visited Wheels for Wellbeing in Croydon. Read all about her visit in the document below and find out how you can get involved here.
  • Sport in Mind are introducing a new FREE yoga session for adults experiencing mental health issues. The weekly sessions start on the 25th November on a drop-in basis with no booking required. Sessions will run on Thursdays from 2-3pm at the Spire Church, South Street, Farnham. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
  • YMCA East Surrey – Please see the attached flyer for a variety of current activities that the YMCA are running for people with disabilities. They are also aiming to set up some new goalball sessions for people with visual impairments. If you’d like to know more about the sport here is a helpful video Paralympic Sport A-Z: Goalball – YouTube. If you would like more information about the sessions when they start, please contact Katy by SMS text or phone on 07434 865062 or by emailing katy.hubbard@surreycoalition.org.uk
  • If you are looking for a new challenge, check out The Loughborough Challenge: Launched on the 1st November this exciting new challenge is inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for young people. The Loughborough Challenge asks you to learn something new, to take exercise and to make a social contribution. It asks you to lean against your boundaries and see what’s possible! Participation is warmly welcomed by 25-54 year olds who self-identify as experiencing issues of mental health or mental/physical impairment. More information can be found on the website Home | The Loughborough Challenge
  • Join us here in the virtual café on Friday mornings at 11.30am to chat further about all things active.
  • And finally, don’t forget our Winter Wonderwheels team and volunteer request. A big thank you to those who have responded so far!

11/11/2021

Surrey Coalition needs you! Please see the attached document for details of how you can help us report on new activities that are available around the county.

We are also looking for a team of 4 to take part in the Winter Wonderwheels event on the 4th December – details in the attached document.

Get More Active chat was part of our virtual café for the first time on Friday morning last week. We had an interesting discussion about what we though was the most inclusive sport. Join in again on Friday morning at 11.30am where we will be talking about our favourite places in the county to walk, wheel or ride.


21/10/2021

Wheelchair Basketball Opportunity – Our friends at the YMCA – East Surrey have 10 sport wheelchairs available for use at the centre. They are looking at putting on a regular wheelchair basketball session at the YMCA and are looking to find out how many people would be interested. If you’d like to get involved (no experience required!) please contact Katy by phone or SMS text on 07434865062 or email getactive@surreycoalition.org.uk so I can give an idea of numbers to the YMCA. If you’d really like to try a different wheelchair sport then please also get in touch, as the YMCA are keen to make full use of the sports chairs and have the space and facilities to develop any ideas.


07/10/2021

Sport in Mind, the mental health charity, are running two activity sessions in Guildford. The sessions are open to anyone over 18 experiencing mental health problems. The sessions are lots of fun, for all abilities and all about getting as active as you like in a safe supportive environment. They are free drop-in sessions, so no need to book and no referral required.

Session 1: Indoor Tai Chi.

Date and time: Friday 2.30-3.30pm

Location: St. Nicolas’ Church Parish Centre, Bury Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4AW (behind the church) 

Session 2: Football

Date and time: Thursday 2-3pm

Location: Astro-turf Pitches ( AGP1 Pitch A), Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Rd, Guildford GU2 7AD”

Y-Mania is back! The nightclub experience for adults with disabilities at the YMCA Redhill returns for a Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 15th October from 7.30pm-10.00pm. You must book in advance and the cost is £6.00 with carers and support workers going free. You must be over 18 and ID is required. There is also a cash bar and optional Halloween fancy dress. To find out more or book a ticket please contact Sam Lyle: Telephone 01737 779979 or email sam.lyle@ymcaeastcurrey.org.uk


30/09/2021

Our friends at YMCA East Surrey have added an inclusive cricket session to their programme. Sessions are for 12-25 year olds with a disability and run every other Saturday from 11am until 12.30pm. Email sam.lyle@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk if you would like to get involved”Flyerz hockey new dates attached.

“The fabulous Falcon Flyerz inclusive hockey club have released session dates for the rest of the year. Call or SMS text Jo Brown on 07834 763879 or email on hockeyflyerz@gmail.com to get involved”


17/09/2021

National Fitness Day is on the 22nd September and the theme this year is “Fitness Unites Us”. What will you do to get active on the 22nd? What does fitness mean to you? Use #Fitness2Me and #FitnessDay to share your involvement or add your ideas in the comments below.


This week Katy has been looking at inclusive cycling in Surrey and the fantastic Wheels for All project. Read her blog article here.

If you would like more information or help with registering, please contact Katy by phone or SMS text on 07434 865062 or email getactive@surreycoalition.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can join the Get More Active chat group at 2pm on Friday Click here to join


As we move to stage 4 it’s a mixed week for being physical active. On the one hand there is the excitement of being able to return to the group activities we love without restrictions, but on the other hand for many people so-called “freedom day” was anything but.

This week Katy looks at the long-awaited return of the phenomenon that is parkrun as well as investigating online options to support being active whilst staying at home. See her article here.

Join her on Friday at 2pm here for more group support and discussing how the hot weather affects being active!


There’s plenty of physical activity to get involved with this week. Check out the attached information for Flyerz hockey and the new online Wobble seated exercise classes. There is also a fantastic opportunity to have some free personal training for one month to help a trainer with their level 3 – Exercise for disability qualification. 


YMCA visit

Last week Katy visited the recently refurbished and reopened YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Redhill. Find out more about this brilliant local facility here


Woking Lawn Tennis Club have two upcoming taster sessions for wheelchair tennis and autism friendly tennis. Sessions are on the 24th July and are FREE! You can borrow equipment if necessary.


Upcoming events with Surrey Cricket

See the two fliers below for upcoming events with Surrey Cricket.

Also, Join us for more chat about all things active on Zoom on Friday at 2pm. Last week we had an interesting discussion about accessible walks in Surrey, with a little bit of history thrown in! This week we will be talking about the upcoming disability cricket days and how you can try the sport for free.

Disability Cricket Days

See document below to read about Disability cricket days coming up in June


Walking Tennis Sessions

There are a couple of free walking tennis taster sessions taking place at Ash Tennis Club on the 26th and 28th May.  Participants can book a place at either of the tasters through this link: http://www.getagriptennis.co.uk/walking-tennis/


Spring into Action!

LimbPower’s supercharged ‘virtual event’ taking place throughout May and June – LimbPower is bursting with excitement to announce the incredible news that they have teamed up with five inspirational Paralympians, Richard Whitehead (Athletics), Rachel Morris, (Cycling/Rowing) Andrew Lewis (Triathlon), Corie Mapp (Bob-Sleigh) and Suzanne Rodgers (Swimming). They are all joining forces to offer a once in a lifetime fun event where you compete with the Paralympian team leaders during an engaging virtual alternative to the Family Fun Day.

Team Captain themes:

Richard Whitehead – Run like the wind 

Andy Lewis – Take to the Road

Rachel Morris – Make Waves

Corie Mapp – Feel the speed

Susie Rogers – Dive right in

LimbPower is inviting community members, family, friends and supporters to join their favourite Paralympian on LimbPower’s supercharged ‘virtual event’ – Spring into Action! This is the replacement event for the Family Fun day normally held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.  ‘Spring into Action’ invites you, your friends and your family to sign up for a physical challenge of your choice this May, this can be a daily challenge or on a single day, the choice is yours. You can choose your challenge using one of the below themes.

How you can get involved 

  • Register via Eventbrite using this link https://springintoaction1.eventbrite.co.uk 
  • Share the Spring into Action virtual event via email and social media with your community.
  • Dream up an activity that suits your skills (and follows government guidelines on exercise and social distancing); it can be as ‘out there’ as you like! You can walk every day, do the couch to 5K, organise an exercise class with your friends, run a 10K or walk around your garden.
  • Film a video of you in portrait format talking about/demonstrating your chosen challenge and send it to us at this email address: sophie@limbpower.com.
  • Let us know by responding to this email if you would be willing to do media interviews relating to Spring into Action.

Registration fees: £18 for adults and £10 for children.  All participants will receive a welcome letter from their team captain, a medal and a certificate for taking part.


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