Sports and Active Leisure

There are lots of different active sports opportunities in York. Below are some examples of some of the activities designed specifically for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Family Information Service have a database with lots of inclusive sports and activities so if you can't see what you are looking for then get in touch. Also the Sports and Active Leisure team have a range of inclusive sports and activities for you to try.



Adult Climbability

Indoor climbing wall session for adults with any disability.Please phone to book on a session. Please wear sports clothing. Second Tuesday of every month 10am-12noon.

Adult Sportsability

Tuesday: Multisports activities such as boccia, table tennis, dance and cricket. For adults with any disabilities. Price for this session is £3.90 which includes use of the gym and a free induction.

Bowlsability @ New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

Friday: Bowlsability is an inclusive sports session for all ages and abilities. An afternoon session runs all year round on Fridays 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm. Cost per session £3.00. Lunches available from 11.30 am. New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York.

Copmanthorpe Ability Counts - Disability Football

Friday: Copmanthorpe Soccability (Juniors - 7 to16 year olds): Football coaching scheme for all ages and disabilities, boys and girls, provided by qualified coaches and affiliated to the F.A. Juniors coaching for young people up to 16 years old, runs on Fridays, 6.00pm-7.00pm at Energise Sports Centre. Senior (16+) football coaching and teams for players with disabilities. There is an annual membership fee, please contact the club for full details Copmanthorpe Senior Ability Counts teams (16+) play in the local Ability Counts leagues. Sessions run on Fridays, 5pm - 6 pm at Energise Sports Centre (astro). £2.50 per session plus £30 membership fees. Sept to May Please contact Paul Bird, Head Coach and School Liason, Copmanthorpe Football Club, for further details. 07721 672976

Copmanthorpe Football Club

: Founded in 1962 with one Senior team, the club now has almost 300 members spread over 2 senior teams, 12 junior teams, four girls teams and four Ability Counts teams. Our overall principles are of sport for all, good sportsmanship and for every one of our coaches and players to reach their full potential. Many other Copmanthorpe FC players over the past 40 years have gone on to play professional and semi-professional football. We have had two of our Ability Counts players capped by the England Cerebral Palsy Team. Please see website for full details of fees, teams and events

Cyc 'No Limits' Disabilty Athletics Club

City of York Athletics Club 'No Limits' Disability Athletics every Friday from 7.00pm - 8.00pm, University of York. £51 per year membership, no session fee. For further information, contact Hannah Higginson 01904 553377 07927 647181

Disability Bowls Session

Monday: Learn and play bowls for anyone with a disability at York & District Indoor Bowls Club on Mondays 1-3pm. Snacks and lunches are available served from 10.30am. £3 per session. Free coaching available. Also NEW: Boccia sessions on Mondays 1-3pm £3 per session. Free coaching available. 302 Thanet Road, Dringhouses, York, YO24 2NW. For more information contact Ian Clough on 01904 704180 or email

Drop In Hydrotherapy Pool Sessions

Tuesday: Drop in weekly bookable hydrotherapy pool sessions. The sessions are 55 mins long and include pool and changing time. Up to two helpers can attend for free.

Energi Friendly

Tuesday, Thursday: On Tuesdays and Thursdays*, Energi Trampoline Park is transformed into a haven for youngsters with additional needs. We have designed two sessions in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents, to ensure your child’s needs are met. For those with physical disabilities or syndromes our Tuesday sessions are the perfect way to enjoy the park, whilst we tinker with the environment on Thursday’s to cater for those on the autistic spectrum. Siblings are welcome to both sessions. We have a ground floor seating area with table service and step free access into the park. Please note we do not have lift or ramp access to the trampolines or café. Friendly Tuesday: On Tuesdays at 5pm, young people from across York with physical disabilities and syndromes have exclusive use of Energi Trampoline Park to jump, flip, dive and play. The park remains a fun atmosphere with music and lights; for those sensitive to this environment, please see our Thursday session. Friendly Thursday: On Thursdays at 5.10pm** the music is turned off, the lights stop flashing, and the park becomes the perfect location for your young person to enjoy all we have to offer. We also have chill out rooms available throughout the sessions, the hand dryers in the toilets are switched off, and our staff are all awareness trained to support you and your child. The capacity is also reduced to create a more spacious and less busy park. Pricing: Energi Friendly sessions are just £5.95 per person; accompanying adults or carers go free. Everybody using the park must buy reusable Energi trampoline socks (£1.65). Spectators (no charge) are welcome in our café, selling the best hot drinks and cakes in the area, as well as a wide selection of food, and meal deals for the kids. Ages: These sessions are for ages 2 – 18. *Times may vary in school holidays. **To ensure the best possible experience, the Autism sessions run from 5.10pm – 5.50pm, to allow us to get the environment just right for you and your family.

Energise Swimming Lessons For Children With Disabilities

Thursday: Swimming lessons for children with disabilities. Small group classes led by ASA level 2 qualified and experienced swimming teachers. Classes in hydrotherapy pool, small and main swimming pools to suit all ages / abilities. Progressive learn to swim scheme enabling integration into main stream lessons when appropriate. All children assessed prior to enrolment to ensure they are placed in a appropriate group. 12 week term cost for the first term is £67.80. Subsequent terms are also charged at £67.80. Please visit the Energise website for up to date times and costs.

First York Boccia Club

Thursday: Boccia is a sport similar to bowls designed to be played by people with disabilities. It is an official Paralympic sport and can be played sitting down. There are devices for wheelchairs available. Each session comprises of warm up skill activities followed by a game of Boccia. There is also a social half hour. Relevant support is welcomed; carers or parents can either stay if they want to, or can return later. £3.00 per hour/ £4.oo for two hours First York Boccia is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York. £3.00 for 1 hour/£4.00 for 2 hours. For further information contact Carol Walker – 07815 728945

First York Kurling Club

Thursday: New Age Kurling is an ice free version of Kurling aimed at athletes of all abilities. It runs from April August. The object of the game is to get as many of your stones closer to the centre of the target (on a vinyl mat) than your opponent’s stones. First York Kurling is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York.


Tuesday: The Energise gym has inclusive equipment which is recognised by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative. £3.90 per session Includes free induction & Sportsability Club.

Inclusive Family Ten Pin Bowling

Monday: Inclusive family bowling - pandisability Individuals and families welcome 1st Monday of the month 17:00-18:00 Please register with Ruth Thompson first on 01904 780880

Jorvik Boccia Club

Sunday: Are you interested in taking Boccia to the next level? Do you have a physical disability and would like to play in the Boccia England’s regional / national competitions? Jorvik Boccia is a fortnightly club, sessions run on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 11am-3pm. For further information please contact Liz Moulam on 07742 886883 or email . Wheelchair accessible including hoists.

Jorvik Warriors Powerchair Football Club

: Jorvik Warriors are a newly formed powerchair football club and will provide sporting opportunities for physical disabled people. We give children and adults the opportunity to engage in the sport of football, using powered wheelchairs with special attachments. We provide all equipment needed for the sessions. Should you have any further questions please contact Martin LAMBERT 07716043252 or email Twitter: @jorvikwarriors Facebook: Jorvik Warriors Powerchair Football Club

Junior Climbability

Indoor climbing wall session for anyone under 16 years old with disability. Please phone to book a slot on a trial session. Please wear sports clothing. 4th Tuesday of each month.

Junior Sportsability

Tuesday: Multisports activities such as boccia, table tennis, dance and cricket. For children (8rs -15yrs), with any disabilities. Please wear sports clothing £3.90 per session (includes use of the gym and a FREE induction).

Keen (University Of York Students Union Student Action)

Sunday: Offers sports and activities for children with learning difficulties and special needs, aged 3-11, (and their siblings), to give the children the opportunity to combine play and exercise in a way which is fun and increases confidence. Activities include stretches, races, gentle sports and 'ice-breaker' games, with the new addition of paralympic equipment such as bowls and kurling, the children are sure to find something to enjoy. Run by university volunteers during university term time. Students will work on a one to one basis with the children, and encourage interaction with peers to enhance social and communication skills. We also organise an annual trip out, previous trips have included visits to Eureka, Danelaw Living History Centre, Creepy Crawlies all subsidised by the organisation. Our room can be accessed by wheelchairs - however, notice of wheelchair access would need to be told prior to the session in order to plan the activities

New Earswick Disabled Swimming Club

Wednesday, Friday: pandisability - over 16 years £1.00 per session/£15 per year (January - December) contact Harry Smith 01904 768385 or Brian Tessier 630806

North East And Yorkshire Regional C P Squad Football

Saturday: For gifted and talented players with cerebral palsy to feed into England's First Team. £50 yearly membership To arrange a trial contact Paul Bird 07721 672976

Special Olympics City Of York

: The mission of Special Olympics Great Britain is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. As a Special Olympics Great Britain branch member, Special Olympics City of York welcomes and encourages new participants with intellectual (learning) disabilities to take part in sports training and competition with our partner organisations/clubs, City of York Athletics Club, New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club, First York Boccia Club, First York Kurling Club, York Disability Tennis Network and Special Olympics City of York Swimming. Sports available are Athletics, Boccia, Bowls, New Age Kurling, Swimming and Tennis. Table tennis will be introduced shortly. We are also seeking volunteers, in a variety of roles, to support our athletes in their activities and would welcome the opportunity to support any mainstream sports club seeking to become fully inclusive. For more information please contact Hannah Higginson on 01904 551431, 07836320311 or

Special Olympics City of York Swimming

The Special Olympics City of York Swimming Club provides quality training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Professional coaching is provided by Adams Aquatics. Learn to swim 11.30-12.00 Swim improvers 12:00-12:30 Coaching for competition 12:30-13:30 FREE taster session

Sport And Active Leisure

: York has a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for anyone with a disability or additional needs regardless of impairment. From Goalball to Boccia, from Wheelchair Basketball to Cycling on our fleet of adapted bikes, York can offer something to suit everyone’s interests and help you achieve your 30 minutes of physical activity to boost your health and happiness.


This warm water session (30 degrees C) is especially designed for people with disabilities and their carers in this friendly and safe environment. Pool side hoist and easy access steps available. All ages, under 8s must be accompanied by adult. £3.90, discounts available with a York Card. Helpers attend free.

The Jack Raine Foundation, York Boxing Club (formerly Off The Hook)

: A York based UK charity working with vulnerable, hard to reach & disengaged children & young adults aged 11 to 25. The Hand Wraps & Advocates is a Healthy relationship initiative delivered through sport Using sport as a tool of engagement and trust for children, youth, parents & their communities. Our Off the Hook project was set up through a grant by York & North Yorkshire Police to help & refer disengaged & hard to reach children. Areas of work are: o Young males and healthy relationships. (Including Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Muslim communities) o Parent support of CSE and relationship concerns. o Alternative Learning Provision o CSE Training provider o York Boxing Club Young males and healthy relationships: Hand Wraps & Advocates is a sport initiative offering workshops and advice to male children and young adults aged 11 to 25yrs. Parent support around Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and relationship concerns: The Jack Raine Foundation works with parents and carers to understand the complexity of their children’s relationships, what children access via the internet and how it compares to a healthy relationship. By raising awareness of these issues the foundation aims to reduced sexual exploitation and promote positive and healthy relationships. Parents phone line support:As part of this work a 24hr monitored phone line is available to support parents & carers. T: 01904 652434 Text / Whats App: 07739 752170 / 07525 234000 Parents drop in: Friday 10am to 12noon & Thursday 7pm or book an appointment by email or phone, text or What’s App Alternative Learning Provision: Working with pupils from The Danesgate Community and High Schools in York offering sport related or complex needs education. CSE Training provider: We offer Intermediate & Basic Awareness Level Training accredited to Just Whistle, UKRLP. Accredited specialist training for Professionals working with Children including Sports Clubs is available to complement existing experience & knowledge. The training is CSE specific. York Boxing Club: Affiliated to England Boxing, York Boxing Club is located in the city centre and is York’s oldest boxing club established in 1966. Offer low cost training for fitness or technique from ages 11 to adult. CONTACT DETAILS General enquires T: 01904 632089 E: Parent support on Teenage relationships (CSE) T: 01904 652434 Mob / What’s App: 07739 752170 / 07525 234000, E: York Boxing Club 5 The Maltings The Enterprise Complex Walmgate York YO1 9TT T: 01904 632089 E: W: (All correspondence to The Jack Raine Foundation)

V I Exercise Class

VI exercise class for people with a visual impairment. Both chair and standing exercises. Refreshments available after class.

Visually Impaired Tennis At David Lloyd

Sunday: Indoor tennis coaching for the visually impaired. We use special sound balls and smaller rackets and courts. LTA level 3 qualified coach Andy Crockett. York Disability Tennis Network Sessions are on a play and play basis

York Be-Active

Monday: York Be-Active multisports activities such as boccia, table tennis and dance for adults with physical and or learning disabilities. Sessions run at Tang Hall Community Centre, on Mondays 10.00am - 12.00pm, cost £2.50. Please note that this service generally runs through school hours, and is targetted mainly at adults with learning disabilities. Children are welcome to attend, but must be properly supervised by adults. Contact Hannah Higgingson 01094 553377.

York City Knights

: The York City Knights Foundation aims to provide children and young people in York and North Yorkshire area with the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity irrespective of their race, religion, gender or ability. We aim to provide education on important issues such as healthy lifestyles, diet and team work as well as promoting good moral values.

York Disability Tennis Network @ University Of York/ Rowntree Park

Disability tennis coaching with LTA licensed/accredited coach, Andy Crockett at Rowntree Park. York Disability Tennis Network is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York. Saturday 9.30-10.30 am – Wheelchair/Learning Disability Tennis. £5 per session. Wednesday 7.00-8.00 pm – Visually Impaired Tennis. £4 per session. Wednesday 8.00-9.00 pm – Learning Disability Tennis. £5 per session. During Winter the Wednesday sessions are held at the University of York Tennis Bubble, Heslington Lane, York. First session free. For further details please contact Andy Crockett, Tennis for All – Telephone: 07926 172939 or Email:

York Disability Tennis Network @ Wigginton Tennis Club

Saturday: Learning Disability tennis coaching with LTA licensed/accredited coach, Andy Crockett at Wigginton Tennis Club. York Disability Tennis Network is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York. £5 per session on a pay and play basis. First session free. For further details please contact Andy Crockett, Tennis for All – Telephone 07926 172939 or Email

York Sharks Wheelchair Basketball 1st Team

Tuesday: Invite only. Fully inclusive sessions for disabled and non-disabled people. Please note that you do not have to have a physical disability to take part and all chairs are provided. First session free and £3 thereafter. Facebook: York Sharks Wheelchair Basketball Club

York St John University Multi-Sports Club

Saturday: York St John University Multi-sports primarily caters for people with learning disabilities aged 12+. The sessions are lots of fun and are a great opportunity to come and try lots of activities, including: * Boccia * Tri-Golf * Table Tennis * New Age Kurling * Kwik Cricket * And many more!

York Tandem Club For Disabled People

Tuesday: Experience the quiet country lanes and cycle paths around York riding a bicycle made for two. Your front rider will do all the steering, braking and tricky bits, so you just need to have good balance, concentration and pedal really hard. £4 per night for rear riders. First two sessions free. Meet outside Cycle Heaven on Hospital Fields Road. For more information and to book your place please contact David Shaftoe: 01423 507227 April - Sept

York Tennisability

Saturday: Disability tennis coaching for juniors and adults with learning (Intellectual ) disabilities. The sessions run on Saturdays from 11am-12pm at Bootham Junior School tennis courts. There is also occasional training available and competition & social opportunities. £5.50 per session or £33.00 for a 6 week block. Bev Cairns- 07721 368173. Also associated with The Tennis Foundation and Special Olympics Great Britain.


Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS)

01904 554444