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Disabled Sport Opportunities

Passport to Sport                          

The Passport to Sport Initiative allows Free access to All Regional Pools & NSC Activities, for All carers of individuals with disabilities.

The Passport to Sport initiative is available to all individuals with a physical, learning and sensory impairment that need the support of a carer or helper to enable them to participate in physical activity.

The ‘Passport to Sport Initiative’ allows all carers Free access to Swimming Pools in Ramsey, Peel, Castletown and at the National Sports Centre (NSC). In addition to the regional pools, the Passport to Sport now includes even more sporting opportunities at the NSC.

Activities include:

  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Indoor Bowls
  • NSC Gym
  • Timetable Activities

This will only apply when the carer is supervising the individual in need. All Carers are fully responsible for the Individual and their needs.

If you have a disability and require support, please download and complete the application form on this page.                                                           

Wooden Spoon Wheelchair Sports Club

Manx Sport and Recreation in conjunction with the ‘Wooden Spoon’ charity has established a fantastic Wheelchair Sports Club on the Island!

Wheelchair sports are not solely directed at individuals who habitually use a wheelchair. They also facilitate people who suffer a wide range of disabilities to participate in sport including paraplegics, spina bifida, amputees, brittle bones, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Able bodied players are also eligible to get involved either as coach, participant or wheelchair mechanic. Virtually everyone who can conceivably play wheelchair sport is encouraged to do so. Not only does wheelchair sport offer a great rehabilitation from injury or illness, it also provides everyone with an opportunity to participate at a level they wish. It can encourage individuals to meet new friends, have fun whilst improving health, confidence and self-esteem.

The Wooden Spoon Charity has generously donated funding towards the continued running of The Wooden Spoon Wheelchair Sports Club.

The club offers inclusive wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball training sessions to all adults and children.

Weekly sessions take place on Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm in the NSC Main Sports Hall. Sessions cost £2 per week or £20 for membership.

Rehabilitation Swimming

Manx Sport & Recreation in conjunction with the National Sport Centre, Northern, Southern and Western Swimming Pools now offer weekly Rehabilitation Swimming Sessions across the Island for all individuals with disabilities, health related needs or recovering from injury.

These weekly swimming sessions are facilitated by highly qualified swimming teachers who can help support you as well as improve your swimming technique and swimming style.

It’s never too late to learn, so whether you’re new to swimming or just looking for some tips to improve your swimming; our qualified instructors are on hand to help you meet your swimming goals.

'Passport to Sport' can be used.

For more information please contact Ari Brooks by phoning +44 1624 688575

Monday 2:30pm - 3:45pm NSC Swimming Pool £1.95
Tuesday 2:45pm - 3:45pm Southern Swimming Pool £1.50
Thursday 3pm - 3:45pm Western Swimming Pool £2.90
Saturday 1pm - 2pm Northern Swimming Pool £2.75

Walk and Talk

Suitable for all ages & abilities, the concept is simple: Walk & Talk allows you to walk around a short circuit at your own pace & the emphasis is on talking with your fellow walkers, not just walking!

A record is kept of the distances you cover. There are prizes on offer when you have walked 10 miles, 25 miles & 100 miles, which can be built up over time, at a pace that suits you.

Benefits of Walking

Walking is a great form of physical activity that does not require any particular equipment and isa great way to reduce stress.

Increasing your levels of physical activity with Walk & Talk can help to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

It is recommended that adults should take about 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity over a week, which can be broken down into any sized chunks of time, small or large, over as many days of the week as you like.

We all walk much less these days than we used to. Even in the last 10 years, the average number of steps we take each day has reduced by 20%.

Adults should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day(about 5 miles) - this might sound like a lot but if you add up all the walking you do around the house, doing the shopping, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn and walking around at work ,it soon adds up.

If we all increase our levels of physical activity to 30 minutes of moderate activity, five times a week, we will be helping ourselves to reduce the risk of developing one or more of the following conditions:

• Coronary Heart Disease

• Stroke

• Obesity

• Osteoporosis

• Diabetes

• Some Cancers

• Mental Health Problems

Walk & Talk sessions are held every week:

DayTimeVenueRegistration PointCost
Monday 10am - 12pm Poulsom Park, Castletown Castletown Railway Station £1.50 (Refreshments Included)
Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm National Sports Centre, Douglas National Sports Centre Main Reception £1.50 (Refreshments Included)
Tuesday 9:30am - 11:30am National Sports Centre, Douglas National Sports Centre Main Reception £1.50 (Refreshments Included)
Wednesday 10am - 11:30am Mooragh Park, Ramsey Ramsey Rugby Club £1.50 (Refreshments Included)
Thursday 10am - 11:30am The Promenade, Peel Harbour Lights Cafe £1.50 (Refreshments Included)
Friday 9:30am - 11:30am National Sports Centre, Douglas National Sports Centre Main Reception £1.50 (Refreshments Included)

Disability Multi Sports

The Sports Development Unit is now running Multi Sport Session for ALL adults with learning difficulties. Sports include: Badminton, Short Tennis, Tennis, Kurling, Bowls, Boccia, Football, Netball and Hockey.

Mondays (Term Time) 10am-11am - NSC Secondary Hall

Fridays (Term Time) 10am-11am – NSC Secondary Hall

Sessions cost £2 (No pre-booking necessary) 

Step into Sport Disability Programme                     

The Sport Development Unit are pleased to offer their fantastic new ‘Step into Sport' programme at the National Sports Centre for children with disabilities.

 Day ActivityStart TimeFinish TimeVenueAge GroupCost
 Monday Football 4.15pm 5:15pm NSC Secondary Hall 4 -18yrs £1
Monday Gym Session 4pm 5pm NSC Fitness Zone Yr10  & Yr11 £2
Tuesday ‘No Strings’ Badminton 5pm 6pm NSC Main Hall 8yrs + £1
Wednesday Gym Session 4pm 5pm NSC Fitness Zone Yr10 & Yr11 £2
 Thursday Multi-Sport 4.15pm 5.15pm NSC Secondary Hall 4 -18yrs £1
 Friday Gym Session 4pm 5pm NSC Fitness Zone Yr10 & Yr11 £2

As always the hourly sessions are run by qualified and enthusiastic coaches. All sessions cost between £1 and £2.

Neurological Spinning Session

The Sports Development Unit now offers a Neurological Spinning Session. This session is specifically tailored to those with a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Sessions take place in the National Sports Centre, Secondary Hall on Thursdays from 2pm - 3pm. A doctor’s permission and completion of a short health questionnaire is required before attending the session. If you would like to attend please download the application form on this page.

For more information on any of these initiatives, please contact:

Ari Brooks

Sports Development Unit

National Sports Centre

Groves Road



Telephone:+44 1624 688575

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