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Pioneering disability sports event hosted by Aspire Springers

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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Aspire Springers Trampoline Club is hosting a unique clinic for sports coaches throughout the county who are looking to work with disabled gymnasts.

Aspire, which was awarded Disability Hub Club status at the end of last year by British Gymnastics, has received funding from the organisation to put on various events over the coming months.

This will offer unique opportunities for coaches and their team members to find out more about gymnastics for the disabled.

The first event will focus on skills and approaches to accommodate the needs of gymnasts of varying abilities, skills and disciplines.

Dawn Lawson, head coach of Aspire Springers Trampoline Club which prides itself on its national level disability team of trampolinists, is organising the event in partnership with British Gymnastics who have launched the I’m In programme of Disability Hub Club events nationwide.

The event in February will invite coaches from across the whole region who are working with gymnasts in disciplines including trampolining, floor gymnastics, equipment-based gymnastics and rhythmic as well as freerunning.

Dawn says: “During the years I have been working with trampolinists with various disabilities – from learning disabilities through to physical disabilities. I have adopted a range of techniques for adapting to their needs. With one of my squad members who is hearing impaired this has involved the use of lights to communicate with her during her skills. Other adaptations have included the use of specialist equipment or of specifically developed routines.

“Gymnastics is a sporting discipline that has so many opportunities for people with disabilities. It is like no other sport for having the potential to be all-inclusive. We are very proud to be hosting this inaugural series of events to share knowledge between coaches and clubs.”

The second event, to be held in April, will offer disabled gymnasts themselves opportunities to try out different aspects of the sport and work with their own coaches on different techniques and approaches.

The first event will be held on Sunday , at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester 10am to 3pm.

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