Northamptonshire Sport - Inclusive PE and School Sport Programme

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Northamptonshire Sport, c/o Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 3ED
Telephone number:
01604 364680
Mobile number:
07741 784265
Service description:

The Northamptonshire School Sport Partnerships (SSPs) run an Inclusive PE and School Sport Programme, which aims to improve opportunities for pupils with special educational needs or a disability (SEND).

The SSPs work with pupils who attend special schools, and also with pupils (who have SEND) that attend mainstream schools. They work with all participating schools to provide a programme that meets the students' specific needs. The SSPs offer a range of activities to suit all children - enabling them to be active in physical education (PE) lessons and after-school clubs.

Schools wishing to access any part of the inclusive PE programme should email Natalie ( to set up a school contract.

  • Project Ability

Project Ability is a Youth Sport Trust funded initiative that aims to provide more opportunities for pupils SEND to take part in competitive sport. Through the School Games framework (and a network of Project Ability schools), the project aims to improve quality and extend the provision of physical activity. Project Ability includes:

- Bespoke training
- The implementation of more competitive opportunities
- The development of school club activities

Project Ability Competitions are an opportunity for students with SEND to compete in national governing body structured competitions. School Games rules must be adhered to at all times as these competitions progress to Level 3 School Games and/or regional levels of competition.

In Northamptonshire, Project Ability is led by Friars Academy (which is part of the Wellingborough and East Northants SSP). Email Rhian ( for more information.

  • Inclusive Competitions at Level 3 School Games

Inclusive Competitions provide an opportunity for pupils with SEND to compete alongside mainstream peers in the same team, in the same competition. A minimum of 50% of a team competing in an Inclusive Competition must be pupils with SEND.

  • District Level 2 Competition

- Arrows (KS2)
- Goalball (KS2)
- New Age Kurling (KS1 and KS2)

  • Open Level 3 Competitions

- Boccia (KS2, KS3, and KS4)
- Lord Taverner’s Pan-Disability Table Cricket (KS3 and KS4)
- TriGolf (KS2, KS3, and KS4)

  • Festival Programme

Provides a less competitive environment for students - allowing them to gain a better understanding of the rules, develop their skills, and to apply both of these in a relaxed environment. Festivals do not lead to a level of competition that needs strict rules and therefore there should be expectation from staff that not all rules will be applied and students are allowed help.

- Sports-Hall Athletics
- TriGolf
- Table Cricket
- Sitting Volleyball
- Handball

The festivals programme opportunities are led by young SEND leaders who have undertaken sports leaders courses to help gain confidence to deliver and host their own sports festivals and opportunities at school. Email Michelle ( for more information.

  • Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP)

Helps pupils with profound and multiple disabilities and PMLD to improve their motor skills in a fun way - enabling them to improve their mobility and take part in fun activities. This has been developed with partners from health services.
Northamptonshire is one of the first counties to introduce a national initiative called the Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP), which caters for PMLD children and offers individuals a specific programme of tasks and activities in conjunction with ongoing physiotherapy to develop mobility, dexterity, hitting or kicking skills, that then can be incorporated as part of a recognised game and activities.
The team ensures that the inclusive programme can provide opportunities for all abilities

- Primary (KS1-KS2)
- Secondary (KS3-KS4)

Email Michelle ( for more information about the Motor Activity Training Programme.

  • Come and Try

Come & Try Opportunities are a way for pupils to experience a new sport or activity without having the pressure of being within a competitive or festival-style environment. On occasions, experienced and qualified coaches may lead part of the session. These sessions provide a great opportunity for teachers’ continuing professional development as well. Email Michelle ( Reeves for more information.

  • Step Into Sport generic Leaders Camp
  • Introduction to being a sport leader with a young athlete mentor presentation. Learning STEP principles and gaining confidence to work together to develop a plan for 30 minutes daily exercise at school.

    • Young Leadership Programme

    Young leaders will ideally, have attended a 'Step Into Sport' camp to gain leadership knowledge, information, confidence and practical skills.

    Young Leaders courses are offered in

    • Tri Golf
    • Sports Hall Athletics
    • Handball
    • Table Cricket

    The leadership programme underpins the delivery of the 'Come and Try' and the Festival opportunities with young leaders taking part in . After the 'Celebration Camp' young leaders will be able to host a Paralympic Discovery Day.

    Paralympic Discovery Day

    Celebrating the Paralympics in 2020 – the discovery day is a station-based activity session run by the Young Leaders who have been participating in leadership activities throughout the year, following on from the Celebration Camp. They will be running and organising a range of Paralympic activities and non- activity opportunities, looking at additional club opportunities and pathways.

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    Age range:
    5 years - 18 years
    Eligibility criteria:
    • Age - School (5-18)
    Referral route:
    • Contact service direct
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