Ashford Athletic Club is currently the only Kent athletics club with a specialised disability section. The Alligators is open to any young person with a disability aged 9 to 17 years old. The club offers a fun introduction to sport with a focus on athletes but will include other sports.
All activities are lead by highly experienced and qualified club coaches and offer close supervision to those attending (numbers are limited to 15 participants per session and must be booked in advance).
The Alligators are run Bi-weekly during school terms at the Julie Rose Stadium from 5.30-6.30pm. Each session costs £2.50 (all participants must be accompanies by a parent or carer). This facility holds an ‘Inclusive Fitness Initiative Facility’ certificate and has indoor and outdoor facilities which are fully accessible. Click here for Aligator training session dates.
If you would like to know more information or would like to try the Alligators please contact Pete Le Rossignol on.07838 122 568 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a prospective member we suggest that you come to the stadium either on a Tuesday or Thursday training night initially to look at the facilities and make sure you/your child are comfortable in the environment. If your disability requires less specialist attention you can attend the monthly induction evenings which all new members attend. However if you require more assistance you would attend an Aligators session.
Past, present & future
The club has had success stories with disabled athletes namely Candy Hawkins, Vicky Silk and Paralympics Medallist Jonathan Ward who attended four Paralympics games. Click here to get more information on these athletes. A new disabled athlete working towards getting into the 2012 London Paralympics is Gurkha Rifleman Kushal Limbu. Click here to read his story through an MOD article.
As a disabled athlete you can go on to compete regionally and nationally with Disabled Sports Events (click here for information on rules and classifications in athletics for disabled athletes): (http://www.disabilitysport.org.uk/sports/dyncat.cfm?catid=1487)
- Regional events – held in Blackpool for athletes aged between 12 and 20 who successfully. Over 400 athletes compete in this competition. It combines two-days of a full track and field programme
- National events – This event is the biggest multi-disability athletics championships in the country. It is backed by all the Home Countries and National Disability Sports Organisation. International athletes also take part in this competition.
“Athletics events are open to athletes in all disability classes. Some compete in wheelchairs; others with prostheses, and visually impaired and blind athletes compete with the guidance of a sighted companion. Events include track, throwing, jumping, pentathlon and the marathon. Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.” Disability Sports website
The Alligators is run by Ashford Athletic Club in Partnership with the Mid Kent and Ashford School Sport Partnership. (www.mkapartnership.co.uk)