Disability and inclusion

Newark and Sherwood has a dedicated programme of inclusive activities for the development of sport and physical activity for people with a disability and other groups such as women and girls, children and young people.
The disability programme includes a variety of weekly and monthly activities at various venues, including:

Newark Community Boccia Club

Held at Newark Indoor Bowls Club every Wednesday 4.30pm to 5.30pm. £1.30 per session

Disability Badminton

Held every Friday from 12.30pm to 2.00pm at Newark College Sports Hall. £2 per session

Disability Football

Held at Newark Flowserve Football Club every Monday from 2 February 2015 at 6.15pm to 7.30pm. £2 per session. The club is open to children and young people aged 8 to 16 years.

Disability swimming Club

A small friendly group for children 6 - 16 years of age. Held every Tuesday at the Grove Leisure Centre from 4pm. £1.50 per session

All Sports and Gym Sessions

For adults and young people every Wednesday at Newark College, Sports Hall. 10.30am to 11.15pm for all sports sessions, 11am to 12pm for gym sessions. £1 per person

There are always more opportunities that can be arranged, so please get in touch with the council's Sports Development team if you or your group would like to try something new or you would more information.

Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI)

IFI is a National Lottery funded initiative aimed at removing barriers to participation for people with a disability, by ensuring fitness facilities are inclusive.  

Key areas are:

  • Access - An audit is carried out and adaptations made
  • Equipment - Accredited equipment with suitable adaptations is acquired
  • Training - Staff are trained at level 1 and 2 in 'Inclusion'

Making exclusive fitness suites a thing of the past, there are four accredited sites in Newark and Sherwood, the Grove Leisure Centre, Dukeries Leisure Centre, Southwell Leisure Centre and Blidworth Community Leisure Centre.

What can our IFI sites offer you?

  • Accessible fitness facilities regardless of impairment
  • A facility where both disabled and non-disabled people exercise alongside each other
  • Appropriate fitness equipment
  • Staff who have been appropriately trained to meet the needs of disabled people

What can you expect in our fitness suites?

  • Fully trained and friendly staff who will design a unique programme to meet the needs of individuals
  • An easily accessible environment with no equipment on platforms
  • A full range of large and small pieces of equipment including upper body ergometer, resistance tubes and free weights

Disability Development Forum

This is a partnership with representatives from various disability organisations from across the district. The group meets three times per year and was developed to lead on disability sport development in the district.

It provides staff and service users with a voice to develop projects around disability sport and agree what’s needed in Newark and Sherwood. The group looks at future activities and funding and training for centres, groups and individuals.  This is an open forum and all new groups or individuals are welcome to come along and contribute.    

Club Development/Coach Education

Are you involved in a sports club that want to improve access for disabled people? Do you want to develop a disability section? The Sports Development team can help with marketing information, training in disability awareness or specific session ideas to increase participation at your club.


A wide range of inclusive activity projects are delivered with local partners. Recently these have included buggy walks for new mums and dads, holiday programmes, box fit and street dance for children and young people.



Contact us

Community, Sports and Arts Development
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX


01636 650000

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