CADS is a truly unique programme of events centred at the Seashell Trust, in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The main aim of the CADS programme is to provide sport and physical activity in a fully inclusive, supportive and non-judgemental environment. It aims to allow equal access to all young people and adults to sport, health and leisure activities. The programme will positively promote inclusion and works hard to allow often disadvantaged groups (especially those with severe and complex multiple disabilities) the same opportunities as their peers. By doing this we are able to reduce the barriers to participation in sport by creating a better understanding of disability issues amongst non-disabled participants. Every aspect of the programme is inclusive including the participants, volunteers, coaches and support staff. There is no separation or segregation at our events; all participants participate in the same activities regardless of the background or ability. Through the professionalism of the CADS staff, coaches and volunteers we ensured that all young people, regardless of their ability, are able to participate fully in all activities.
In order to allow maximum access to our event it was deemed necessary to expand the programme throughout the North West and thanks to a very generous financial contribution from both Sport England and the Peter Harrison Foundation we are now able to deliver our fully inclusive sport, health and leisure activities and events in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.
The expansion of the project, both locally and regionally, means that it is a fantastic opportunity for us to show that all young people, regardless of their ability, can work, play and have fun together in a fully inclusive environment. It proves that our ethos does work – “sport can be played by everyone and should be enjoyed by all”.