We want everybody to have access to sport and physical activity, regardless of any disability or additional needs they might have.
This page lists local activities that are either tailored to people with disabilities or designed to be inclusive to everybody. It also provides links to guidance and advice to support an active lifestyle.
- See also our online fitness activities page for links to resources and advice to help you exercise at home.
Living Sport is a local charity that works to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of Cambridgeshire residents.
It runs and supports many programmes for people with disabilities, and provides information to support people and organisations to run their own inclusive activities.
- Sign up for Living Sport’s monthly Disability Sport newsletter
- Check Living Sport’s map of inclusive activities
‘Have a go’ sessions
We often organise free taster sessions for people aged 16 and older with disabilities, with thanks to National Lottery Community Funding.
We have partnered with Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust to offer a month of activities at Milton Country Park in September.
Activities include earthwalk, bushcraft and cycling. They will all be delivered by fully qualified instructors. Water-based activities have been postponed until further notice while the lakes at Milton Country Park are temporarily closed.
Visit the Milton Country Park website to reserve your place on a Have a Go activity.
Carers are welcome to watch and support during sessions without having to book a space.
Free tennis coaching for children with additional needs
The Richard Darton Tennis Foundation is arranging free places on tennis courses this summer. The sessions are available for children aged 4 to 17 with disabilities or additional needs. Young carers are also welcome.
Various clubs around the city are offering space on their courses. Some of them also offer after-school tennis groups during term time.
The clubs will run inclusive sessions in small groups, alongside other children from a variety of backgrounds. The courses will vary in length depending on your child’s age and ability, as well as their needs and wishes. The main emphasis is on having fun!
The courses will be run by Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) registered coaches. The clubs will provide rackets. The clubs will follow the latest coronavirus guidance from the government and LTA. Sessions will be subject to change if the guidance changes.
Contact Steve Shaw at the Richard Darton Tennis Foundation to find out more. Steve will discuss your child’s needs and what your local tennis club can offer. Contact Steve at email@example.com or 07485 279776.
Adults with additional needs can also contact Steve, who will be able to help point you to a suitable club.
Adaptive martial arts
- For ages 15 and older: Thursdays, 7.30 to 9.30pm at the University of Cambridge Sport Centre
- For ages 7 to 14: Saturdays, 9.30 to 10.30am at the University of Cambridge Sport Centre
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptive virtual fitness sessions
Daily pilates, boxing and relaxation classes for Cambridge residents, adapted to all disabilities, however severe. All sessions are run by Able2B.
- Join from your own home
- Half-price membership of £15 per month for December only – quote ‘Get Moving Cam’
- Contact email@example.com reserve your place
- Part of our #HaveAGo programme for adults with disabilities, funded with money from the National Lottery Community Fund
Bounce activity club
Bounce is a free club for 5 to 11 year olds. Activities include multi-sports, arts and craft and board games, and all sessions are run by volunteers from Cambridge Student Community Action.
- Saturdays during term time, 12.30 to 2pm at St Luke’s Barn on French’s Road
- Limited places
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Clip ’n Climb Cambridge runs inclusive ‘Send’ climbing sessions for climbers with special educational needs. They provide a calm environment, turn the music down and have plenty of instructors to help. Numbers are restricted to 12 in a session. The centre has a climbing hoist, too.
- Contact Clip ’n Climb Cambridge
- For ages 7 and younger: Saturdays, 1 to 2pm
- For ages 8 to 12: Saturdays, 2.15 to 3.15pm
- For ages 12 to 15: Sundays, 9.45 to 10.45am
- For ages 16 and older: Saturdays, 3.30 to 4.30pm and Sundays, 11am to midday
- For amputees and pan-disability players aged 16 and older: Tuesdays, 8pm to 9pm
- £3 per session
- Reserve your place on the Official Soccer Schools website
All sessions are run by Cambridge Gymnastic Academy.
- For adults: Mondays, 12.15 to 1pm
- For ages 15 and younger: Tuesdays during school holidays, midday to 1pm
- Contact info@email@example.com
Join Cambridge Rugby Club for this fantastic opportunity to try mixed-ability rugby. The free sessions are open to everybody and will be led by qualified coaches and players from the club.
- Tuesdays, 27 July to 31 August, 11am to midday
- At Kelsey Kerridge Sport Centre
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place or ask any questions
Sportworks activity club
Sportworks offers sports, exercise and social opportunities for children aged 5 to 18 years old with additional needs. Activities include football, basketball, dancing, boccia and more. Fully qualified coaches are on hand to ensure all children have fun, make friends and improve their health.
Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club welcomes children and adults with disabilities to their club. They run various sessions including social tennis, mini leagues, and individual coaching.
- Contact Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
We have partnered with Sense to create two lovely sensory walks in Cambridge, on Lammas Land and at Trumpington Country Park.
Sensory walks allow you to use your senses to connect with your surroundings while you stay active. They are designed for people with complex disabilities, but everybody can can enjoy them.
You can go alone or in a group, you don’t need any specialist equipment and the walks can be any length you like. You can go on foot, use a wheelchair or walker – sensory walks are inclusive for all.
- Lammas Land sensory walk
- Trumpington Country Park country walk
- You can also find the walks on the Ordnance Survey OS Maps app.
Guidance and advice
Activity Alliance have a wealth of information and guidance to enable organisations to support people with disabilities. With access to exercise advice, workouts, and activity guides, ensures everyone can move more, whether at home, outside or in your local area.
Special Needs Community Information Point have produced a free activity passport for children and young people, to hold information about a child that can be easily shared with activity providers.
Sport England’s ‘We Are Undefeatable’ national campaign is to support the 15million people who live with one or more long-term health condition in England, to build physical Activity into their lives. There is lots of information on how to get started and ways to move; find what works for you.
Get Out Get Active is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust.