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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.

  • 13 different sports and activity options
  • 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

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 sessions

The Reaching Higher athletics sessions will run from Wednesday 5 May to Wednesday 21 July, excluding Wednesday 2 June as it is Half Term.

  • Open to anyone with additional needs aged 7 to 30
  • Location: The Bridge Leisure Centre athletics track
  • £4.00 per session. Payment must be made online in advance
  • 20% discount for people with a Leisure Access Card or Compass Card
  • Maximum group size: 12

Book a Reaching higher athletics session

Arts courses

The Reaching Higher Project Arts sessions include:

  • Video production
  • Music and karaoke
  • DJing
  • Dance workshops

Other sports courses

As well as athletics, the Reaching Higher Project Sports sessions include:

  • Cricket
  • Rebound Therapy Children's sessions
  • Rebound Therapy and Multi-Sport Adult session
  • Wheelchair basketball (age 11+)

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

Join our free Zoom sessions

Term time virtual Zoom sessions are currently taking place free of charge whilst current guidelines make it difficult to run them as practical sessions.

  • Reaching Higher Project Dance – virtual Zoom session on Mondays starting at 6pm
  • Reaching Higher Project Karaoke – virtual Zoom session on Fridays starting at 4pm
  • Reaching Higher Project DJ’ing – virtual Zoom session on Fridays starting at 6pm
  • Reaching Higher Project Digital Video Production – virtual Zoom session on Saturdays starting at 2pm

Anyone interested in joining any of these sessions should in the first instance contact Paul Taylor by email at 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’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