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By dosportuk, Jan 21 2019 09:08PM

This Saturday we will be attending the Special Olympics East Midlands Regional Basketball Competition. It will be held at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena (NG3 7EB). The special Olympics completions provide an inclusive but still competitive environment.


We hope to have as many as 10-12 teams enter, some teams from as far as Kent and Cornwall are planning on attending, to take part in the inclusive opportunity. It is great to see similar and new faces from all over the UK.


Our DOSportUK members will be representing SO Derbyshire for the event and we hope to have enough players to have three representative teams.



By dosportuk, Jan 4 2019 04:15PM

DOSportUK set about using the medium of exercise and physical activity in a social, enjoyable environment to encourage people with a learning disability to get fit, lead healthier lifestyles and improve social wellbeing. We based this on our own anecdotal prior knowledge that people with a learning disability who do not attend a day service are often left without anything to do in the day, often leading to detriments to their physical and psychological wellbeing.

There were six participants who started 10-week programme at Glossop Leisure Centre. Each week we met the group in the multipurpose room of Glossop Leisure Centre. We spent the first hour reviewing our food and exercise diaries with the whole group and individually. Some members of the project needed more individual assistance with the diaries than others and we often shared examples within the group and had a frank and open discussion about what we eat/drink and how much exercise we do each week.

The second hour was gym based. We made our way up the stairs to the gym area where the members work around their different tasks in pairs. Each pair undertake the following exercises each week:

- Treadmill (10 mins)

- Rowing Machine (10 mins)

- Weights Machines (Specific Exercises)

Each week the distances for the treadmill and rowing machine are recorded this helped us set goals each week for the group and gives us a true indication of each person’s progress over the 10 weeks. We also recorded the weights and reps completed by the members to again set goals and mark progress. Over the 10-week period it became clear that all members of the group were recording higher scores on each piece of equipment in comparison to the start of the project.

Over the ten week project we have picked four different topics to discuss with the group. This was discussed whilst the group enjoyed a selection of fruit, veg, and healthy snacks. The topics looked at over the 10 week project are as follows:


1. Fruit and Veg/Healthy eating Choices

2. Hydration

3. Mental Health/Speaking out

4. Goal Setting

We did not complete a new topic each week. As we took the first 2 weeks to (a) introduce and talk about the whole project and (2) introduce the food/exercise diaries and go through these.

The participants also said the 10-week programme raised their awareness to mental health and said they were happier to talk or ask for help surrounding it.

Some of the participants feedback was;

‘I like getting out of bed and having something to do!’

‘I enjoyed trying new fruit and veg’

‘I liked the treadmill as it keeps me active.’

It was great to work on a new project and look into other ways to keep those with learning disabilities fit and healthy.

We considered the project a success and are hoping to host this again. Thank you to Glossop Leisure Centre for supporting us so well, with their expertise but also positive, welcoming attitude.

If you would like to try a fit and fun project, contact Jacob today at jacob@dosport.co.uk



By dosportuk, Jan 3 2019 06:11PM


In just less than 75 days the Special Olympics World Games 2019 will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The world’s largest sporting event with human welfare at the heart in all it does, starts in 2019. The global movement which focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.

There will be 7,000 athletes from over 170 countries competing in a series of sports, as well as a variety of initiatives and activities held across the seven Emirates.

Sophie and Emma, DO Sport members will be heading to Abu Dhabi in March to represent GB.

Emma said, ‘I feel okay, excited! It is my first time flying but I am not nervous. I have never been to Abu Dhabi before!’


Sophie said, ‘I am feeling excited! I’ve never done this before. Yes, I am a little nervous, just about the flying. It’s my first time to Abu Dhabi.’


We wish Sophie and Emma the best of luck in the games and are immensely proud of their commitment and talent to have been selected to represent GB.

We would also like to wish good luck to all competing and involved with the games, they are truly inspirational games.

If you are inspired by Sophie and Emma and could see yourself heading to the next Special Olympics, get in touch with DO Sport to see how we could help you get there!



By dosportuk, Dec 11 2018 09:04PM

1. It’s a great way to meet people similar to yourself


At DO Sport sessions there is an understanding between all participants, not matter their disability. They respect and support each other, creating a welcoming friendly environment.


2. You will keep fit


Whether you participate at school or haven’t had opportunity to exercise in a while our sessions are inclusive, so everyone can keep fit whatever their disability. You can have a rest if you are finding it difficult and take it as you feel best.


3. You will make new friends


The supportive environment provides a perfect opportunity to make new friendships and built trust. They will become your team mates whether you are a Chesterfield Sabre, Derby Warrior, Glossop Gladiator!


4. You’ll learn or develop skills


Our sessions aim to help you develop or learn new skills each week. The more you come the more your skills will improve. We offer a wide range of weekly sports sessions at £2 per session in Derbyshire Glossop, Chesterfield and Manchester, so you can turn up and participate for an affordable price.


5. There is opportunity to participate at higher levels


Working alongside Basketball England and Special Olympics we hope to develop learning disability basketball and create pathways for people to go on and experience competitions at all levels.



By dosportuk, Oct 7 2018 04:08PM

This Tuesday 9th October, we are launching our new project- Glossop Fit and Fun.


Working in partnership with Glossop Leisure Centre we will be encouraging people with a learning disability to be physically active in a gym environment.


As well as being physically active the participants will be keeping food diaries, exercise diaries and social happiness scales. This will help us record the individual needs of the participants and help adapt the programme accordingly; helping increase overall health and well being as completing the programme.


We are very excited about this new opportunity and partnership to provide expertise from trainers at Glossop Leisure Centre to people with learning disabilities. For people with learning disabilities a gym can be a daunting environment, we are happy to provide an opportunity for those to increase confidence as well as their health.


It will be running every Tuesday until December, if you would like to get involved or find out more please contact Jacob or alternatively follow our social media channels.



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