These activities are for children and young people – under 18s.
To find out more and register interest in any activities, please contact our Inclusion and Disability Adviser Catherine Szymanskyj on 01706 926276 or email email@example.com.
FRESH Holiday Club
We’re passionate about providing equal opportunities to sports and leisure activities in the borough of Rochdale. A chance to get fit, meet new friends, get out of the house and provide a great way to improve health and quality of life for all levels of ability.
The Fresh programme is funded by Rochdale Borough Council and as part of the local offer is a great opportunity for children and young people who have a mild to moderate disability to take part in a wide variety of activities.
Sessions are aimed at three age groups:
• 4-7 years
• 8-12 years
• 13-18 years
The programme will develop each individual, improve their health and wellbeing and enable them to thrive.
Sessions will be delivered during each school holiday across Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Pennines.
A great opportunity for children and young people to try something new and meet new friends.
For more information, please contact Gemma Hird at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensory Friendly Family Swimming
We understand that visiting the swimming pool can be an overwhelming experience and for some, the busyness of a public session can be challenging.
Sensory Friendly Family sessions give young swimmers the opportunity to swim in a more relaxed environment.
At Middleton Arena
Please click the button below to go to our Sensory Swimming webpage for up to date information on these sessions.Click here to go to our Sensory Swimming webpage
We are aware that people want to access the pool at times that are convenient to them, rather than having to attend a segregated session. All of our public swim sessions are open to people with disabilities, and our staff will be happy to assist you to enter and exit the pool via the pool hoist system at any public swim session.
Middleton Arena has a sling hoist for the pool (please note – we are unable to provide a sling to use so you would need to bring one that you are happy to get wet), and both Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre have chair-hoists. You do not have to notify us in advance, but it can be helpful just so that we can make sure everything is ready for you, and we can advise if any equipment is unavailable for any reason to avoid you making a wasted journey.
Please note, we cannot provide any individual supervision or instruction at a public swim, as our leisure attendants have to watch the whole pool and cannot stay near an individual. If you require supervision or support in the water than we ask that you attend with a friend, family member or carer/support worker as appropriate. If you require instruction then we advise you to contact our swimming lesson team.
If you would like to discuss swimming, or any element of access to our centres, then you can contact the centre teams directly, or for more specialist support you can contact our Inclusion and Disability Adviser Catherine by emailing email@example.com or call her on 01706 926276.
Available for children and young people in school holidays
Starting Spring 2024
Unfortunately our Inclusive Cycling is currently suspended after the theft of our bikes and equipment. We are working to repair and replace things, and we will update our webpage here once we are able to run sessions again.
The inclusive cycling programme runs in the beautiful surroundings of Bowlee Community Park.
These sessions allow everyone to enjoy the experience of cycling in the way most appropriate to them, using a variety of bicycles, tricycles, tandems, handcycles, and specially adapted bikes for carrying wheelchairs and passengers.
Sessions offer physical health benefits and psychological and emotional benefits, providing a sense of achievement and a way for everyone to participate in a popular activity enjoyed by so many adults and children, and to have fun while doing so.
Our team are highly qualified, and have the knowledge to help each individual to participate in the way most safe and appropriate for them, selecting the correct cycle for them and offering advice and support in how to use it while adapting for any disabilities, physical restrictions or health conditions that an individual may have.
Sessions must be pre-booked.
Please complete our online registration form by clicking the link below and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01706 926276 to book your space.