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HISTORY

Through 2007/2008 South Northamptonshire Council funded and organised some monthly taster sessions of sports, at the Towcester Centre for Leisure. These were specifically aimed at people with disabilities and their families.

From those early sessions, a committee was formed to look at the possibility of creating a permanent club. To start with, monthly sessions were held on the same basis; the South Northants Disability Sports Club was formed and was officially launched.

The committee is run by a dedicated group of volunteers, mainly parents of children with special needs together with an experienced youth worker and the sports development officer at South Northants Council.

From September 2008 after successfully applying for local authority funding, the Club became more active and started meeting on the first and third Sundays of each month.

To celebrate the Club's first birthday there was a very popular outing to Sixfields for a tenpin bowling party and this has been repeated on our later anniversaries.

During spring 2010 the Club launched it's web site and at the AGM, following a members competition to find a new name, SNDSC became DISC.

WHEN and WHERE?

Sessions are held on Sunday afternoons at Towcester Centre for Leisure - either as combined 2 hour sports/swim session or a 1hour swim /flume/waves session on other weeks.

SPORTS SESSIONS (1st & 3rd Sundays of month 3-4pm)

The sessions are at a beginners' level but cater for all age groups and are held in the Sports Hall and Dance studio. A variety of professional coaches are hired to run the sports from 3 pm to 4 pm - in recent times, our sports have included:

Trampolining, Archery Judo, Dodgeball, Circus skills, Zumba, Short mat bowling, Tennis, Basketball skills, Seated volleyball, Have-a go athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Indoor Golf, Table-tennis, Boccia, Curling and several times a year, we book a bouncy castle which is enjoyed by all ages.

On sports weeks, we also have 3 places available in the Fitness suite for older members and their carers.

SWIMMING (Sundays, weekly 4-5pm)

Every week, the Club has private hire of both swimming pools plus the flume and waves from 4 pm to 5 pm.
In addition, in 2010, DISC launched a swimming programme which was expanded to offer individual short lessons with an experienced coach during our swimming hour at no extra cost! DISC continues to offer these 10 minute lessons to our members - just turn up and book on the day! They are free of charge and first come first served.

In March 2011, we held our first swimming gala which was a terrific achievement and a really enjoyable event.

AWARDS

Other achievements for DISC include Sporting Excellence nomination in the 2010 Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards and participating in the drive to achieve outstanding disabled changing facilities at Towcester Centre for Leisure  (opened in January 2011)

In February 2011, DISC was awarded the Barclays Community Sports award receiving a fabulous trophy and £1000 donation..

DISC strives to achieve high standards in a fun and friendly atmosphere for our members and their families; this has been recognised by our Clubmark accreditation in July 2011 and renewed in 2014, being the first disability specific sports club in Northamptonshire to do so!









CLUB NEWS

Disability Inclusive Sports Club (DISC), have renewed their Clubmark accreditation in November 2014



DISC Committee 2015/16
Meet some of the current committee:



Dean - Chair


Lynn - Treasurer



Deidre - Coach Facilitator


Colin - Welfare Officer








Andrew



DISC Volunteers and Buddies
Meet some of our Volunteers and buddies:


Keir, Chris, 
Mollie, &
Steve









EQUALITY POLICY

Disability Inclusive Sports Club is full committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, competitor, child/young person receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, ethnic status, parental/marital status, nationality, religious belief, political persuasion, social background and sexual preference.

Legal Requirements:

Disability Inclusive Sports Club is required by law not to discriminate against its employees, members or volunteers and recognises its legal obligation under the following acts

  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination ACT 1995
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Children’s Act 1989
  • Equality Act 2010

Types of Discrimination:

Discrimination can take the following forms

Direct Discrimination - This means treating someone less favourably than you would treat others in the same circumstances

Indirect Discrimination - This occurs when a job requirement or condition is applied equally to all, which has a disproportionate and detrimental effect on one group.

Disability Inclusive Sports Club is fully committed to equality of opportunity and where decisions are made about an individual, the only personal characteristics taken into to account will be those which, as well as being consistent with relevant legislation are necessary to the performance of the sport.

Harassment - Can be described as inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact that is objectionable or causes offence to the recipient.

Disability Inclusive Sports Club is committed to ensuring that all staff, volunteers and competitors are able to conduct their activities in an environment that is free from harassment or intimidation

A copy of this document will be available to all staff, members, competitors and volunteers.

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, member or volunteer who violates the Disability Inclusive Sports Club Equity Policy.


FACILITIES

Changing Places

The Vice-Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council, Councillor Sally Townsend, Councillor Robin Brown of Northamptonshire County Council, and Beverly Gull MBE formally opened the Changing Places facilities at Towcester Centre for Leisure on Friday 28 January 2011

  

Changing Places facilities are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.



FAQ's

  • Q - When does DISC run? ............  DISC runs swimming every Sunday from 4 till 5 pm, with additional sports/activity sessions from 3 till 4 pm on the first and third Sunday of the month.
  • Q - How much does it cost?  ........  Sessions cost £3 per member or £6 per family if siblings would like to join in too.
  • Q - How do I join?  ......................  There is no need to register or book in advance, just come along to one of our sessions. For new members, the first session is free, and includes an hour of sporting activities (1st & 3rd Sunday only) followed by an hour of swimming where we have exclusive hire of both pools. To save time on the day, you can download and print off our membership form here, to complete in advance.

If you have any further queries, see our contact & directions page.