Meet one of the coaches behind the DSActive Summer camps

Thanks to generous support from Lightbox and the City Bridge Trust, DSActive was able to run two summer camps this year, in Shooters Hill and Tooting. We had a fantastic team of coaches working at both, bringing enthusiasm and expertise to the sessions. In order to share how they found the experience, one of our team of coaches from the Summer Camps has written us a guest blog about his experience: Q: What’s your coaching background? I am a Level…

Roy Hodgson leads Down’s Syndrome Eagles Training Session

The DS Eagles team got a very big surprise at one of their weekly training sessions recently – Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson! Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is used to running training sessions, but he took charge of a different squad recently. He surprised the Down’s Syndrome Eagles team at their weekly session. He helped players with their shooting skills and he refereed a match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXCpf0WP_sU Photo credi…

Simplyhealth supports innovative nutrition programme for people with Down’s syndrome

Simplyhealth has awarded a further grant to DSActive for a nutrition programme which will make an impact on the lives of children and adults with Down’s syndrome involved in the sports programme and beyond. DSActive is run by the national charity, the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) which aims to help people with Down’s syndrome live full and rewarding lives. The unique sports programme gives children and adults with Down’s syndrome a tailor-ma…

Looking Forward to 2020 with DSA Staff

It’s the Down’s Syndrome Association’s 50th year – and we’re ready to celebrate at the DSA! With everyone looking forward to the various plans and campaigns planned for the year, we asked a few staff members from around the organisation about their highlights of 2019, and what they are looking forward to in 2020! Chris – Information Officer What was your personal highlight of last year? My highlight was playing Ultimate Frisbee with my colleagues…

Eight DSActive football players become FA Level 1 football coaches

Back in February this year, eight players began their journey to qualify as FA Level 1 Football coaches. The eight students were all regular attendees at DSActive football sessions – five from The Charlton Upbeats, two from the QPR Tiger Cubs and one from the Fulham Badgers. The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway; it provides players with an introduction to coaching the game. The course itself…

DSActive join forces with World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

WPBSA Announces New Partnership with DSActive The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is today pleased to announce a new partnership with DSActive which will see both organisations work together to provide opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome to participate in snooker. Administered by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), the programme aims to provide people with as many opportunities as possible to be active ac…

DSActive run first workshop for World Disability Billiards and Snooker

One of the newest elements of the DSActive programme is our offer of coach education workshops to National Governing Bodies who want to support more people with Down’s syndrome to participate in the sport they administer. This is a really exciting development for the DSActive programme and World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) were the first organisation to receive this workshop. The workshop is designed to educate coaches and administrat…

“Swimming and doing sport is good for your whole body and your mind…”

This article was written by Vinay, our colleague at the Down’s Syndrome Association. Vinay has been working for the Down’s Syndrome Association for over 20 years. He is very keen on exercise and keeps himself in very good shape. Here is his guest blog on his favourite sport, swimming, and how he keeps so healthy. Swimming is good for your arms and for the body. It’s good to relax your mind. It helps you feel good and fit. Swimming helps me a lot,…

Legal & General sponsor DSActive National Festival 2018

The DSActive National Festival is the teams’ flagship event every year. Last year, over 150 people with Down’s syndrome played in the festival for their respective teams and the event is always a special day for the players, parents and coaches. It is a showcase of all the hard work the teams have been putting in throughout the year. It is also a chance to welcome the newest players into the community built around the DSActive sessions happening …

Wiltshire Police take on the Swindon DSActive football team

Wiltshire Police put their reputation on the line to take on the Swindon DSActive football team in a ‘friendly’ match at Wiltshire Police HQ. It was great to see so many people there on the day offering their support and it was great match practice for the DSActive team. Wiltshire Police have always been fantastic at supporting the Down’s Syndrome Association, whether it’s getting behind the #LotsOfSocks campaign, employing people with Down’s syn…