Cricket

DSActive first started working with cricket clubs in 2019 to offer Down’s syndrome specific cricket sessions across England. Cricket has grown in popularity in the last few years, due to the many different formats now available, from 6 overs a side through to test matches. In particular, disability cricket has developed at a very fast rate, including world championships for table cricket, and a learning disability national team. The DSActive team…

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…

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Rugby Union

DSActive first started working with rugby union clubs in 2019 to offer Down’s syndrome specific rugby union sessions across England and Wales. Rugby Union has grown in popularity over the last few years, mainly thanks to the excitement around the World Cup and the Six Nations. Disability rugby has also grown in popularity, with many different formats now available. In particular, touch rugby has been particularly well received, and is the format …

Vinay shares his cooking tips!

This is a guest blog from our colleague at the Down’s Syndrome Association, Vinay. He is a very keen cook and we always enjoy hearing about his new recipes. Here are Vinay’s top cooking tips and his 5 favourite recipes. Most of my best recipes come from my own cooking which I like to do for myself. I like using a different mix of spices. One of my best meals would be my cream of vegetable soup, it’s a great winter meal. Here are my top 5 dishes I…

A winter’s Wednesday in Middlesbrough

At the end of November, our DSActive team visited Middlesbrough to run our coach education workshop and to watch the Borobility Down’s syndrome football session. One of the main aims of DSActive is to provide education to coaches around the country in many different sports or activities, increasing knowledge about Down’s syndrome as a condition and giving tips on how they can tweak their sessions to make them as effective as possible. The coaches…

A visit to Midlands Down’s syndrome Football Club

Midlands Down’s Syndrome Football club is a volunteer run football session which has been running out of Trinity High School in Birmingham since April 2017. The session started with only a few participants, but it has since grown into a popular session with 10 participants attending on a monthly basis. One of the DSActive team dropped by for their final session before Christmas to see how they were getting on… As soon as you step through the door…

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 receive funding for new nutrition app

The Down’s Syndrome Association’s DSActive programme has been selected as one of three schemes to be given a share of the Digital Inclusion Innovation Fund from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to improve older and disabled people’s lives through innovative technology. The DSActive team will be developing a nutrition app specifically for people with Down’s syndrome to provide information on a healthy diet and it will co…

Fulham Badgers vs Academy Match

On a cold Friday night in Motspur Park, Fulham Badgers began their training session…but it was a special night for the Badgers as they hosted their annual match against Fulham Academy! Pictures sourced from Fulham Foundation FC Many of the Fulham Badgers were full strength and were ready to play the academy. The referee had travelled from Surrey and his kit was all black. The Badgers were playing in white tops and black shorts whilst the Academy …