The Cheshire Academy is a centre dedicated to providing sporting opportunities for children with disabilities. It was opened in November 1993 and has developed and expanded its role since then. It now teaches 9 different sports including Indoor Athletics, Boccia, Bocce, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Team gym, Wheelchair Rhythmic Gymnastics, Wheelchair Sports Acrobatics, Badminton, Football and New Age Kurling.
The Academy also runs 2 specialist youth clubs for children and young adults with disabilities and has integrated pre-school gymnastics classes for children aged 18 months and over as well as specialist pre school classes where children with disabilities can receive 1 to 1 support.
The Cheshire Academy has an active Young Athlete Programme which aims to encourage children aged 2 to 7 years old start learning about and participating in sport. The Cheshire Academy has had remarkable success over the years. It gained its first disability World Champion in 1995 at the IX World Special Olympic Games in Connecticut USA and has competed in every single World Special Olympic games since. Its most recent success was at the XIII World Special Olympic games in Athens during July 2011, the Academy returned with 12 gold 8 silver and 5 Bronze medals.
In 2007, the Academy was awarded the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ in recognition of its work with children with disabilities within the local community. The Academy currently has over 200 children and young adults with disabilities who attend its classes and caters for children with over 15 different types of disabilities. However most important of all is the work the Academy does with families who have children with disabilities. Often such families are under great stress and the Academy plays an important roll in advising those families and giving practical help in developing behaviour programmes and as acting as advocates to fight for their rights in terms of education and social provision. The Cheshire Academy receives no central funding but is a charity.
£1500 was raised by members from sponsorship and raffles and the Club contributed some of the profits from the races we stage.
You can find out more about their work at http://www.disabilitysport.com/