Guildford charities join forces to get young people into Sport for Life!

Bryony Young
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    halow project, a Guildford based charity supporting young people with a learning disability, recently launched its Sport for Life project – a rolling programme of weekly sports sessions with taster sessions in holiday times which was co-designed with young people with support from Guildford Borough Council. The Sports Development team at Guildford Borough Council ran a consultation with halow young people to design a sports programme that young people would enjoy. In partnership with other local charities such as Surrey Wheels for All, and Harlequins Foundation, halow was subsequently successful with a grant from Sport England to run this exciting and innovative programme.

    Sport for Life is designed to improve the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of young people with learning disabilities in Surrey.  Thanks to recent funding by Sport England, the halow project has partnered with local sports groups and providers to provide subsidised sports activities.

    Jason Butcher, Social Activities Co-ordinator for halow commented, “We are very excited to be able to provide such a rich mixture of sporting opportunities and experiences in partnership with other local providers. Our thanks for the GBC Sports Development team, our young people and partners for helping to put this programme together. We are especially grateful to Sport England for funding the initial project in order to make it affordable and accessible to our young people. We have already delivered Boccia, Tag Rugby and Cycling to date and are looking forward to the different sports to come. Everyone can join in no matter what your interest or ability so come along and have fun!”

    The Sport for Life programme was formally launched in December, at a walking basketball taster session provided by the Surrey Scorchers Foundation at the Surrey Sports Park. Throughout the next 6 months the sessions planned aim to encourage more young people to enjoy a fun, active lifestyle. halow would like to invite all young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability within Surrey to attend the weekly sessions delivered by a range of sports partners, such as Harlequins Rugby Foundation, Surrey Wheels 4 All, Guildford Archery Club and Surrey Scorchers Foundation.

    The programme aims to provide fun, sporting social activities which engage young people with exercise and keeping fit as well as connecting them to their peer group and encouraging them to participate in sport regularly both within the programme and in their daily lives. It is proven that taking part in sports activities are directly linked to staying healthy, maintaining fitness, improving mood, boosting motivation and combating stress. 

    For more information, please contact Jason Butcher on 01483 447960 or at