Q&A with Christopher, winner of Newcastle United Foundation Disability Player of the Year!

…s. Did you enjoy getting the award? Definitely enjoyed getting the award, 100%. I was very proud. The meal was delicious. I liked meeting Gabby Logan and Andy Carroll. What do you like most about playing football? I like football training to learn some new skills. Do you play any other sports? I swim for the Down’s syndrome Swimming GB Team. I also play table tennis and like snooker. Which team do you support? What kind of question is that?! Newca…

Great rallying at Swindon’s tennis session

…lly nice to see. One of the players said “I love playing tennis and I love coming here to practise my skills. One day I want to be a professional tennis player.” It was very clear to see how much the players enjoyed the session. A lot of that was down to the great coaching…players were learning different skills and techniques but they were having fun, which is what DSActive is all about. Towards the end of the session, two of the players were havi…

DSActive #Connect Festival 2021

…ct Festival 2021. The event will be held on Wednesday 18 March 2021 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The event is free and is available online via the platform Zoom. The details of the day; 2:00PM-2:40PM: Tennis session with Mark from Middlesex LTA 3:00PM- 3:40PM: Fitness session with Emma from DSActive Team 4:00PM- 4:40PM: Cricket session with Alain from Surrey Cricket Foundation If you would like to attend DSActive #Connect Festival 2021, you will need to reg…

Tips on fundraising by Brentford Penguin FC

…ever they may be also, to extend the Penguin impact and reach marginalised communities elsewhere. Being a competitive team is NOT what the Penguins is about. Instead, we focus on well-being and health as a priority.” What advice/ tips would you give a football club trying to raise money? “For any grassroots club looking to raise money, we would advise firstly spending some quality time with the local community. Speak with and befriend the local bu…

A review of 2019

…mas it’s a good time to take a breath and reflect on what we’ve achieved. 1000 participants The DSActive team now supports 1000 people with Down’s syndrome in DSActive sessions across England and Wales. We are very proud of this achievement, and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the DSActive team and all the clubs we work with. To celebrate this achievement, we created a short video which you can see here. New sports Following feed…

Vote for DSActive in the My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll This April

…monthly poll. Since 2012, My Favourite Voucher Codes have raised over £57,000 for different charities including Disability Challengers, Cancer Research UK, and Scope. This April, DSActive are one of four charities taking part, and we need your votes!   How Does It Work? The four charities that take part engage in a little friendly competition, to see who can win the most votes by visitors to the site. At the end of the month, the charity with the…

Leisure and Fitness Industry Training

…ington. To book or for any queries, please email us or to call 0333 12 12 300. Cost & Requirements Free. A 16 person capacity classroom is required. DSActive Leisure and Fitness Workshop Image by Spelthorne Everyone Active Team Who is this workshop for? This is CIMSPA accredited workshop suitable for any leisure centre that provides services in leisure and sport industry. What the course delivers? • Understanding people with Down’s syndrome, • Und…

Healthy living

…rtant for people with Down’s syndrome who can be more susceptible to weight-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Research has found that of those involved in DSActive sessions, 27% have lost weight, 68% have improved their fitness, 71% have grown in confidence, 78% have improved their physical ability and 91% have improved their social skills. Being active is an important part of being healthy, but what you eat is just as import…

What is a healthy diet?

…have a slower metabolism, which means they burn the calories they consume 10-15% slower during exercise. This means that it can be easier for people with Down’s syndrome to gain weight and make them more susceptible to the long term health conditions associated with being overweight. There are also other health conditions associated with Down’s syndrome which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight. These include diabetes, gastro…

DSActive & WorkFit support Luke in his new role

…drome to access meaningful work opportunities that can benefit the rest of their lives. For more information about WorkFit please contact the team on 0333 12 12 300, email us on dsworkfit@downs-syndrome.org.uk or visit the WorkFit website:www.dsworkfit.org.uk…