Brecon Integrated Sports Association has been awarded the insport Club of the Month accolade due to its outstanding commitment to inclusive provision and practice.
Running since 2002, the club provides training and events all year round to individuals with any disability, specifically catering for children and young adults. The club allows for siblings and friends to also join in, creating an environment that is inclusive for everyone. It utilises the facilities at Brecon Leisure Centre in order to provide members with the best opportunities to enjoy sport.
Members are given fantastic opportunities to attend weekly multi-sport sessions where they can participate in a number of sports. The sports include trampolining, athletics, football, cricket, basketball, softball, boccia, kurling, table tennis, short tennis, green bowls, gymnastics, pool, zumba and parachute games. These sports are inclusive for all disabilities and contribute to members’ physical and skill development, whilst in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. They now provide a second weekly session at the venue due to its successful growth over 14 years.
Club members also enjoy taster sessions during school holidays and weekends, where they are able to try a number of activities such as canoeing, sailing, cycling, horse riding and hill walking. These opportunities enable members to experience exciting activities which then leads to a great increase in their social skills and confidence.
BISA has also enabled some young people to develop into high level disabled sports. Affiliated to Special OlympicsGB, three members have represented Great Britain in the World Summer Games in Athens 2011 and in Los Angeles 2015.
Powys’ Disability Sport Wales Development Officer Beverley Tucker first established the club and continues to coach and organise events for its members. The club feels that her consistency, responsiveness and determination have contributed the its success along with her kindness and understanding for disabled young people and their families. However, there are also a number of other regular coaches that lead sessions, as well as assistant coaches and volunteers who are crucial to the smooth running of the club.
BISA decided to embark on their inpsport journey in order to ensure their provision is as inclusive as possible and have already achieved their Ribbon and more recently Bronze standards. Although by its nature the club is inclusive, the insport program provides crucial links with other insport clubs and also ensures BISA provides the correct provision for its members. insport’s impact is huge, especially for parents of disabled children, as they are able to identify clubs that are inclusive and therefore a safe environment for their child to enjoy sport.
Michelle Daltry, Disability Sport Wales Partnerships Manager said “Brecon Integrated Sports Association offer an incredibly valuable experience across a wide number of sports, providing training opportunities and opportunities to compete locally, nationally and internationally. It is great to see how this club has flourished over the years and this Club of the Month award is a testimony to the great work of the coaches, volunteers and support staff who give their time to transform the lives of disabled people in Powys”.
Congratulations to all at BISA, your hard work and commitment to inclusive sport is a great example of the difference others can make to children and young people’s lives.