Reaching Higher Project arts and sports programmes

The Reaching Higher Project provides sports and arts courses for children and young people with additional needs and their siblings.

  • A range of different sports and activity options are available
  • Suitable for children and young people ages 5-25
  • Children with disabilities and their siblings can attend together
  • First session free with a Taster Session Ticket. Contact Paul Taylor for more information

All staff and volunteers undertake disability awareness training and safeguarding before they work on the Reaching Higher Project. Lead sports coaches and arts practitioners have specific qualifications relevant to the activity they are delivering.

Athletics

  • Spring Term Dates: Wednesday 19th January to Wednesday 30th March 2022 (Excluding 23rd February which is half term)
  • Summer Term Dates: Wednesday 27th April to Wednesday 6th July 2022 (Excluding 1st June which is half term)
  • Time: 5.00pm-6.00pm
  • Venue: The athletics track at The Bridge Leisure Centre with the option of using The Tube if the weather is bad and the session can’t take place outside
  • For children and young people with additional needs aged 7 to 25
  • £4.00 per session (20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card). Payment must be made online in advance as no cash payments will be accepted and must be done at least 24 hours in advance
  • Coached by Dave Ingram

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Digital video production

  • Spring Term Dates: Saturday 22nd January to Saturday 2nd April 2022 (Excluding Saturday 26th February which is half term)
  • Summer Term Dates: Saturday 30th April to Saturday 9th July 2022 (Excluding Saturday 4th June which is half term)
  • Time: 2pm – 5pm
  • Venue: QM Studios for face to face sessions, or you can login virtually using Zoom. The Zoom meeting details will be sent in your confirmation email when you book
  • £5 per session (20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card). Places must be booked and paid for at least 24 hours in advance of each session.
  • For children and young people with additional needs aged 14+
  • Led by Jason Sparks

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DJ'ing

  • Spring Term Dates: Friday 21st January to Friday 1st April 2022 (Excluding Friday 25th February which is half term)
  • Summer Term Dates: Friday 29th April to Friday 15th July 2022 (Excluding Friday 27th May and Friday 3rd June)
  • Times: 6pm-8pm
  • Venue: QM Studios for face to face sessions, or you can login virtually using Zoom. The Zoom meeting details will be sent in your confirmation email when you book
  • £5 per session (20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card). Places must be booked and paid for at least 24 hours in advance of each session.
  • For children and young people with additional needs aged 14+
  • Led by Adam Gellibrand

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Inclusive Football

  • Inclusive football sessions for ages 6+, all disabilities welcome
  • Dates: Spring Term - Saturday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 2022
  • Dates: Summer Term - TBC
  • Time: 9:30am-10:30am
  • Venue: The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham RH12 5PJ (3G Pitch)
  • For more information email Philip Broom at Philip.Broom@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or visit the AITC website.

Karaoke

  • Spring Term Dates: Friday 21st January to Friday 1st April 2022 (Excluding Friday 25th February which is half term)
  • Summer Term Dates: Friday 29th April to Friday 15th July 2022 (Excluding Friday 27th May and Friday 3rd June)
  • Time: 4pm – 5.45pm
  • Venue: QM Studios for face to face sessions, or you can login virtually using Zoom. The Zoom meeting details will be sent in your confirmation email when you book
  • £5 per session (20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card). Places must be booked and paid for at least 24 hours in advance of each session.
  • For children and young people with additional needs aged 9+
  • Led by Adam Gellibrand

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Rebound Therapy

Rebound Therapy is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, and increase or decrease muscle tone depending on the level and intensity the bed is ridden. It encourages relaxation, promotes sensory integration, improves fitness and exercise tolerance, and develops communication skills. But most of all it is fun!

  • Spring Term Dates: Thursday 20th January to Thursday 31st March 2022 (Excluding Thursday 17th February and Thursday 24th February)
  • Summer Term Dates: Thursday 28th April to Thursday 7th July 2022 (Excluding Thursday 2nd June which is half term)
  • Time: Session 1: 5.00pm–5.50pm. Session 2: 6.00pm–6.50pm
  • Venue: The Studio at QE2 School, Comptons Lane, Horsham, RH13 5NW
  • For children and young people with additional needs aged 8 to 25
  • £5.00 per session (20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card). Payment must be made online in advance as no cash payments will be accepted and must be done at least 24 hours in advance
  • Maximum Number – 4 for each session
  • Led by trained Rebound Therapy coaches from QE2 School

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Super 1s cricket

  • Free cricket sessions for ages 12-25, all disabilities welcome
  • Dates: Spring Term - Every Monday from 10th January to 28th March 2022 (Excluding 21st February)
  • Dates: Summer Term - Every Monday from 25th April to 11th July 2022 (Excluding 2nd May and 30th May)
  • Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Venue: The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham RH12 5PJ
  • For more information email Aroop Tanna at aroop.tanna@sussexcricket.co.uk or visit the Lords Taverners website.

Other sports courses

Other Reaching Higher Project Activities currently not running include:

  • Dance
  • Wheelchair basketball (age 11+)

For more information or if you have any questions, please email paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk

Alice's story

Alice who lives with her two older sisters, mum and dad. Alice has delayed speech and language skills, particularly struggling with word storage and retrieval. Although she is a shy person, Alice has been attending the Karaoke Club Reaching Higher Project sessions organised by our Sports Development team for over a year now.

She absolutely adores spending time with her family, but her mum and dad wanted to encourage her to get involved with extra-curricular activities to help increase her self-confidence and independence skills and broaden her circle of friends and acquaintances.

When the family first discovered the Karaoke Club in January 2019, Alice was unsure about joining, but eventually she plucked up the courage and got involved. When the coronavirus pandemic began last year, the sessions moved online which provided a very different experience.

In the last year Alice has come along leaps and bounds – not only with her self-confidence, but also her ability to use the technology to enjoy the sessions virtually.

Alice takes part in our karaoke sessions. She's pictured here holding a pink microphone to sing into and is wearing a pink patterned dress

Alice’s mum said: “Karaoke Club is a place where she can sing at her own ability, with no criticism, only encouragement, within a safe and supported environment. The sessions have allowed Alice to remain in touch with friends and make new acquaintances within the group.

“Singing and dancing her heart out is absolutely her thing and she ensures she has written Karaoke Club on the calendar every week to remind us all.

“During lockdown, it has been the highlight of the week for her. Not only has talking and seeing people been good for her mental health, but singing, dancing and laughing have been very important for both her mental and physical well-being.”

Alice herself said: “Doing Karaoke Club makes me feel happy. I love singing and dancing. I like seeing my friends at Karaoke Club on Zoom and I am excited about going back to the studio soon.

“I listen to my friends sing their songs. When it’s my turn, I click the song on Spotify and sing. I like songs by ABBA, Little Mix, Ariane Grande, Mylie Cyrus, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.”

Feedback from our sessions

“It's great to have the continuity of the dance sessions and to be able to see the members of the group. There is great interaction between the young people and support staff, which during these unprecedented times of the Coronavirus brings a sense of normality to their lives. I feel this is a very positive session.”

A parent/carer of someone who attends the virtual Zoom dance sessions.

"The virtual DJ club and quiz has been an absolute godsend. It has given him an outlet to enjoy engaging in something he really enjoys. He has found lockdown really tricky and his anxiety levels have been high but to be able to take part in the DJ club online has given him a bit of normality. He really enjoys it even if his team loses the quiz every week. Thank you so much to Adam and Jack and everyone who had made this possible with funding."

Parent of a young person who attends the virtual DJ sessions.

"The session gives Henry opportunity to meet mates online safely and have fun, which is especially important during periods when he is unable to go to school or meet friends out of school due to lockdown or COVID restrictions. The leaders are very good at encouraging appropriate social interaction such as taking turns, being kind as well as encouraging each participant to communicate effectively in the sessions  The sessions give us a much needed break at home - they are a lifeline."

Caroline, parent/carer of Henry

"Pleased that you have been able to adapt and deliver these sessions which Dan really enjoys. His whole social life has been on hold since last March, so this is an important way for him to keep in touch with you and his friends and have some semblance of the old routine to stick to!"

Steve, parent/carer of Daniel

"It's awesome and great. Hannah and Alysha are good teachers and I love the dance"

AT, participant

"Dancing is good (and a thumbs up)”

RW, participant