World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Every year World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21 March. It is an international event that is celebrated across the world. This year, the theme was ‘Leave No-One Behind’. All people with Down’s syndrome must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives be included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. The Down’s Syndrome Association chose to especially highlighting the stories and achievements of people with Down’s…

Sue – Coach Guest Blog

…swapped from childcare to tennis. I am now a Level 2 coach and oversee over 500 children in our tennis programme. I love developing our disability tennis programme, which now includes a variety of different types of tennis lessons for all ages and abilities. I am very proud to say we have just been awarded a Tennis Oxfordshire LTA award for our DSActive session and we will no be getting put through to the regional finals! What are your favourite s…

A chat with Harvey from Blackburn Rovers

…as 3 years old. He started at a special gymnastics session which we had to travel to, but he thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly after three years the coach felt unable to carry on and it stopped. Harvey was so upset and I tried and tried to find something suitable for him to get involved with. However there was little or nothing in our local area. When we got the letter from the DSA telling us about the football sessions with Blackburn Rovers Community…

World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week 2019

…y socks wear our official #LotsOfSocks socks or other brightly coloured, mis-matched socks. You can wear them at home, nursery, school, college, university, work, play, travel, on holiday, gym, at sports events, cinema, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing on 21 March 2019!…

A day at the Better Health, Better Lives event

…ious aspects of living a healthy life, from nutrition and exercise to safe travel and living independently. In the main courtyard, there were further stalls providing tasty health food, a performance from a drumming group and a variety of fun activities to try out. Living a healthy life is so important for everyone, it can make you feel better and help you to enjoy the activities you like to engage in, from walking to running and everything in bet…

Health Swap App

…awards you badges and points as you make positive changes to your health. Choose from many healthy home cooked meal alternatives and get expert nutritional advice and pointers by learning how to ‘Eat the Rainbow’. Gone are the days of sifting through healthy eating recipe books and scribbling long lists of ingredients. Health Swap helps you plan for the week ahead by giving the user scroll-able ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you’ve p…

Gold Duke of Edinburgh success

…Palace at the end of the Gold award, so it was an easy decision! He had to choose a physical activity to do for 18 months, learn a skill for 6 months, and he had to volunteer for 12 months as well as going on an expedition and a residential trip. He chose Zumba for his physical, cooking/mindfulness for his skill and helping out at our local elderly lunch club for his volunteering. For his residential he went to Poland for a week with a youth chari…

Visiting the Electric Eels

their potential. What is your best memory from Electric Eels? Too many too choose from…some of the best moments are seeing a child swim a length by themselves for the first time, master a new skill or win a race in a gala. Watching our synchro team compete internationally has also been amazing! What would you say to other coaches thinking of getting involved in Down’s syndrome sport? You won’t regret it. You’ll learn so much and have a great time…

“That was so mint”

Photo courtesy of Down Syndrome Liverpool

…ng on a great range of activities for the participants. Participants could choose between a variety of activities, including outdoor climbing, indoor team building activities and a ride on the speed boat. For many, this was their first time out on a boat and it did not disappoint. This is perhaps summed up perfectly by one young gentleman who declared “That was so mint.” We’d like to say a big thank you to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre for all…

DSActive to run Multi-Sports Festival in Devon

…und Exeter.” The day will run from 11am until 3pm with a one-hour lunch break in the middle plus an awards ceremony at the end. For more information or to book your place, please contact: doug.statt@downs-syndrome.org.uk or 0333 1212 300….