For the past 4 years, AAAsports have been working closely with many organisations to increase the participation of Members with a Disability and ensure everyone receives a high quality experience of the sport. In 2016, AAAsports signed up to the Autism Charter and through intensive training and our experience in working with Members with Autism, we believe we can offer Inclusive Classes for everyone.
Many of our members have a diagnosis of Autism, which is a communication and developmental disorder. The spectrum of Autism is so great, one Member might struggle to use words whilst another Member's diagnosis may be unrecognisable at times. Here at AAAsports, we recognise each Member as an Individual and find ways to adapt the Class to allow everyone to learn and have fun in a calm, safe environment.
For Autism Awareness Week, we spoke with a parent who brings their child with an ASD Diagnosis to AAAsports.
What sport does J take part in:
J takes part in Recreational Trampoline once a week.
How has attending AAAsports helped J?
J gets so much both physically and socially from coming to his Trampoline Class. He has made lots of new friends and will now initiate interactions and conversations with both the other Members and the AAAsports Coaches. This is something J struggled massively with before, so it is great from a parent perspective to see how much he has developmentally progressed.
What has AAAsports done to ensure the Classes are Inclusive?
The AAAsports Coaches have all gone above and beyond to ensure J is having fun and progressing. Every class he attends he is engaged with the activity. He has built up a good rapport with his Coaches and they understand what works well, and not so well for J. The Coaches created Glitter Shakers to keep J occupied when waiting for his turn and use crazy vocabulary when Coaching him. This works really well for J and has helped him break down communication barriers within the Class.
The Coaches are always on hand to provide additional support to J in the Warm-Up’s and Cool Down’s and use different techniques to ensure he understands all the instructions.
How has attending AAAsports classes helped J?
J gets so much out of attending his Class. Bouncing on the Trampoline is a great way to regulate his emotions and allows him the freedom to express himself physically. From learning skills to making friends, the Class is focused around having fun and it is lovely to see how happy and confident J now is in an environment other than home.
What does the future hold for J at AAAsports?
We know that J will continue to progress and most importantly, have fun in the Classes which is the driving factor in bringing him. He has already achieved Awards and we are looking forward to seeing J compete in this year’s AAAsports Championships in July. Last year, J had a great time and with the help of his Coach, he came 1st and managed to go up on stage to receive his Trophy. We’re hoping he can replicate it again this year, but as long as he is enjoying himself, that’s all that matters!
What would you say to other parents thinking about bringing their child with ASD to AAAsports?
J always has an amazing time and looks forward to his Class every week! Through attending Trampoline Classes at AAAsports, J has overcome many social/emotional and physical development difficulties. He once struggled to take part in any group activity but with the patience and expertise of the Coaches, J will now happily take part. We have also seen a massive improvement in both J’s physical and mental health. He is now able to make new friends, whilst improving his fitness and just be himself!
If you would like your child to get involved in one of our Classes, please visit www.AAAsports.co.ul/disability or email emily.morritt@AAAsports.co.uk for more information.
Entries are now open for the 2017 AAAsports Championships & Presentation Ceremony, to be held on Saturday 15th July 2017!
Our Championships Event sees Members from all of our disciplines and locations come together for a fun, friendly participation event and display at AAAsports Sunderland. This is then followed by our amazing Presentation Ceremony at the Rainton Meadows Arena, where every Member will receive a medal and certificate on stage, along with a hot meal and soft drink!
This is a truly fantastic event and always the highlight of the AAAsports Calendar - you won't want to miss it! Enter Here
AAAsports are the largest Gymnastics club in the North of England, running classes in Trampoline, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Freestyle, DMT and Pre-School from 7 different venues across the region, including our very own dedicated centre in Sunderland.
In addition, AAAsports provide coaching services to many schools and leisure centres throughout the area, offering hundreds of children the opportunity to take part in sport every single week.
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Apprentice to join our team, working towards gaining coaching qualifications and learning administration tasks. Although beneficial, no prior experience is necessary! All previous AAAsports Apprentices have gone to take further employment with AAAsports, which we would hope to repeat with the successful candidate.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter including detailing of any prior experience within sport and why you would be suitable for this opportunity.
Closing date for applications - Sunday 2nd April 2017.
It's your LAST CHANCE to grab your tickets to join us in Liverpool for the British Artistic Championships on Sunday 26th March!
Watch the exciting climax of the event and see who will be crowned British Artistic Champion 2017!
We only have a couple of tickets left for this amazing event - tickets are £52 per person including travel and entry, but we're throwing in a second ticket for half price! That's just £78 for two tickets!
After the promotion in last weeks email we only have a couple left, so email us now to reserve your tickets before they sell out completely! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets.
**PLEASE NOTE- THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED**
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