Accessible Sport

Oxford University Wheelchair Basketball programme

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Oxford University Sport aims to further develop its provision by expanding a central programme of activity in partnership with sports clubs, other University departments, and National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

All sports clubs at the University of Oxford welcome enquiries from those with a disability regarding the accessibility of that sport. Members of staff at the university, students and staff from our neighbours Oxford Brookes University, and local community members are all welcome to join one of our sports clubs and attend sessions. 

Active at Oxford: Accessible Sport programme

By working in partnership with the university’s Disability Advisory Service and Student Union’s Disability Campaign (DisCam), a new programme of activity is being launched focused on facilitating para-sport opportunities.

The Active at Oxford: Accessible Sport programme will continually expand and develop in line with new requests from clubs and students alike, so if there is a sporting opportunity that you want to take part in you are very welcome to initiate that request.

Para-Archery

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What

Para-Archery is a variant of archery with many similarities to its able-bodied counterpart. Para-Archery is open to athletes with physical impairments who may shoot with assistive devices allowed under classification rules.

Who

Para-Archery is governed by Archery GB.

Para-Archery sessions are organised within the Oxford University Company of Archers Club programme.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Para-Archery sessions are based in the Main Sports Hall, Iffley Road between September and March. Sessions relocate outdoors during the summer months.

When

Experienced archers

Mondays 12:30-16:30.

Tuesdays 12:30-16:30.

Thursdays 14:30-16:30.

Sundays 14:30-18:00.

Novice archers

Beginners course sessions

Wednesdays 06:30-08:30.

Thursdays 12:30-14:30.

Fridays 06:30-08:30.

How

Become a member of the Oxford University Company of Archers Club to attend sessions.

Beginners course sessions and the Sunday Experienced sessions are led by coaches.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn. 

Bows and arrows are provided.

Para-Athletics

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What

Para-Athletics rules are largely the same as those for able-bodied competitions, with competitions classified by disability depending on the discipline in either Track (T) or Field (F).

Who

Para-Athletics is governed by UK Athletics (UKA).

Para-Athletics sessions are organised within the Oxford University Athletics Club programme.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Para-Athletics sessions are based at Sir Roger Bannister Running Track, Iffley Road.

When

More information will follow regarding times and days of sessions.

How

Join the Oxford University Athletics Club to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by coaches.

Suitable outdoor clothing should be worn. 

Track (hurdles etc) and Field (shots, javalins etc) equipment are provided.

Para-Badminton

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What

Para-Badminton is a variant of badminton, with 6 different classifications.

Who

Para-Badminton is governed by Badminton England.

Para-Badminton sessions [including Wheelchair Badminton] are organised in partnership with Oxford University Badminton Club & Badminton England.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Para-Badminton sessions are based in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall, Iffley Road.

When

Saturdays fortnightly.

Michaelmas Term: 19th October, 2nd November, 16th November, 30th November 2019.

Hilary Term: 25th January, 8th February, 7th March 2020.

Trinity Term: tbc

14:00-15:30.

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Badminton Club to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by coaches.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn.

Rackets and shuttles are provided.

Wheelchair Basketball

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What

Wheelchair Basketball is basketball played by individuals with varying physical disabilities that restricts from playing the running game.

Who

Wheelchair Basketball is governed by British Wheelchair Basketball.

Wheelchair Basketball sessions are organised in partnership with Oxford University Basketball Club & Oxford SU Disability Campaign (DisCam). 

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Wheelchair Basketball sessions are based in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall, Iffley Road.

When

Tuesdays 19:30-21:00 (led by Coach).

Fridays 12:30-14:00.

Saturdays 12:30-14:00 (led by Coach).

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Basketball Club to attend sessions.

Competitive Team sessions are led by coaches.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn.

Sports wheelchairs and basketballs are provided.

Please contact the Oxford University Wheelchair Basketball Team for further information.

Blind Football

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What

Blind Football is a sight-adapted version of five-a-side football & futsal.

Who

Blind Football is governed by The Football Association.

Blind Football sessions are organised in partnership with Oxford University Association Football Club & Oxford United in the Community.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Blind Football sessions are based in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall, Iffley Road.

When

Thursdays 12:30-14:30.

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Association Football Club to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by qualified coaches.

Suitable indoor clothing and trainers should be worn. 

Eye masks and balls are provided.

Mental Health Football

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What

Mental Health Football uses football as a tool to support mental wellbeing. Sessions are open to all abilities, with the aim of having fun in a safe and supported environment. These sessions were introduced to help aid recovery, improve mental and physical health, build self-esteem and combat social isolation.

Who

Football is governed by The Football Association.

Mental Health Football sessions are organised in partnership with Oxford University Association Football Club, Oxfordshire FA & Sport In Mind.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Mental Health Football sessions are based on the Fletcher Field Artificial Turf, Iffley Road.

When

Fridays 13:00-14:00.

Fletcher Field Artificial pitch, Iffley Road Sports Centre.

How

Sessions are Free, just turn up.

Sessions are led by qualified coaches.

Suitable outdoor clothing and trainers should be worn.

 

Flyerz Hockey

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What

Flyerz Hockey is a pan-disability adapted form of hockey. Learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and hidden disabilities are all facilitated through drills, equipment and environment.

Who

Flyerz Hockey is governed by England Hockey.

Flyerz Hockey sessions are organised in partnership with Oxford University Hockey Club, Oxford University Floorball ClubAccess Sport & Oxford Hawks Hockey Club.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Flyerz Hockey sessions are based in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall, Iffley Road.

When

Fridays [alternates with Para Table Tennis].

Michaelmas Term: 25th October, 8th November, 22nd November, 6th December 2019.

Hilary Term: 31st January, 14th February, 28th February, 13th March 2020.

Trinity Term: 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June, 19th June 2020.

18:00-19:30.

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Hockey Club to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by members of the two clubs.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn. 

Playing sticks and sports wheelchairs are provided.

VI Ice Hockey

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What

Blind (or Visually Impaired) Ice Hockey facilitates athletes with visual impairments. A steel puck with ball-bearings inside is used, allowing players to locate it by sound. 

Who

Oxford University Ice Hockey Club (OUIHC) are working with Blind Ice Hockey UK to deliver and promote the growth of Blind Ice Hockey. Currently Blind Ice Hockey UK are running a series of taster sessions around the UK with the aim of forming a National Team. These taster sessions are open to all visually impaired athletes (who are more than welcome to bring friends!), and no experience is required - only enthusiasm. 

visually impaired ice hockey session attendees

Oxford University Ice Hockey Club’s development squad are welcoming to any visually impaired skater who would like to train with them. 

Where

Blind Ice Hockey sessions are based at the Oxford Ice Rink.

When

Taster event

16:00, 12th October (on ice at 16:30).

Skates, Helmet and stick provided, please feel free to bring any of your own equipment. 

OUIHC development squad training

Tuesdays, 0.00 – 01.00am and Thursdays 11.00pm – 0.30am at Oxford Ice Rink.

How

Taster event - follow through: https://www.facebook.com/events/435215463747661/ 

OUIHC - Get in touch via ouihcpres@gmail.com

Disability Judo

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What

VI Judo facilitates athletes (Judokas) with visual or visual-and-hearing impairments. Adaptive Judo facilitates athletes with special physical and/or intellectual needs to compete in weight categories independent of their impairment, based on functional classification.

Who

Adaptive and VI Judo is governed by British Judo.

Adaptive and VI Judo sessions are organised within the Oxford University Judo Club programme.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Adaptive and VI Judo sessions are based in the Dojo, Iffley Road Sports Complex.

When

Tuesdays 17:30-19:30.

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Judo Club to attend sessions

Sessions are led by coaches.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn. 

Student Profile

Miles Soloman (Somerville)

"Hi, I’m Miles, I’m 20, I study Maths at Oxford and I’m visually impaired. I started Judo at the beginning of university. I had never done anything like it, I had no martial arts experience but it was something I thought it looked interesting. At the fresher fair I met one of the coaches and asked him if Judo was suitable for someone visually impaired, he said that it was the best sport for someone like me and I’d be very welcome to join the beginners’ course.

Judo athlete

"Over my first term at university Judo’s weekly sessions were the highlight of my week. I’d thoroughly enjoyed myself. At end of the course we did our first grading, once we passed we all became yellow belts.

"At the start of second term there were many more sessions I could attend each week, I welcomed the opportunity to train more. I was asked if I wanted to compete in the British university champions (BUCS) I said of course. Happily, the event was being held in my hometown Sheffield so my family could watch.

"I went into the event not expecting much. I’d just become an orange belt 4 days earlier which is the minimum grade to compete in the event so I wasn’t hopeful. This was until I had a conversation with my coach where he said that the most important aspect of a fight is confidence. The guy in front of you is just the next guy you’re going to beat. This really got me in the right mind set before the match.

"The first fight came and went, I’d won my first fight! I was amazed. My coach patted me on the back and said one down two to go. The next fight only lasted 4 seconds. As I walked off, I was told I was in the final. I asked my coach what happens if I lose, he said there is no point thinking about that, it’s not going to happen. He was right. I won. I had won a gold medal in my first competition in my hometown in front of my parents. This was when I fell in love with Judo.

Judo athlete competing

"The following week I competed in the Oxford-Cambridge varsity match. I managed to win this also. Later I found out that the whole Cambridge team had been practicing visually impaired rules to try and counter me, their efforts were fruitless.

"My coach told me that there was a competition in Cardiff for visually impaired athletes. It was the British visually impaired championships. He told me to enter, so I did.

"On the day I was terrified, there were people who’d travelled from across the world to compete here. After all my fights were over, I’d won. I became the British visually impaired champion with my longest fight being 6 seconds. 

"It’s been the best year of my life and I can’t believe all the fun I’ve had due to Judo."

Para-Swimming

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What

Para-Swimming rules are largely the same as those for able-bodied competitions, with competitors classified on physical, visual or intellectual impaired functional ability to perform each of the swimming strokes.

Who

Para-Swimming is governed British Swimming.

Para-Swim sessions are organised within the Oxford University Swimming Club programme.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Para-Swim sessions are based at Rosenblatt Swimming Pool, Iffley Road.

When

More information will follow regarding times and days of sessions.

How

Join the Oxford University Swimming Club and purchase a Swimming Pool membership to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by members of the club.

Suitable swimming clothing should be worn.

Para Table Tennis

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What

Para Table Tennis 11 classifications.

Who

Para Table Tennis is governed British Para Table Tennis.

Para Table Tennis sessions are organised within the Oxford University Table Tennis Club programme.

Students, staff and local community members with-or-without physical-or-intellectual impairments are able to attend these sessions.

Where

Para Table Tennis sessions are based in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall, Iffley Road.

When

Fridays [alternates with Flyerz Hockey].

Michaelmas Term: 18th October, 1st November, 15th November, 29th November 2019.

Hilary Term: 24th January, 7th February, 21st February, 6th March 2020.

Trinity Term: 1st May, 15th May, 29th May, 12th June 2020.

18:00-19:30.

Term-time only*

How

Join the Oxford University Table Tennis Club to attend sessions.

Sessions are led by members of the club.

Suitable indoor clothing should be worn.

 
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