Project information

Hop Skip and Jump Inter Centre Sports Challenge

To improve the physical fitness and social skills of the Children and young adults attending Hop Skip and Jump we will enable all our centres to hold inter-centre sports challenges. We will offer 5 sports for the children to choose from; Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball and Trike races.

January 2013 - February 2014

Charity information: Hop Skip & Jump Foundation

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  • Need


    The children who attend our centres have complex needs and behavioural difficulties and are often constrained by the restrictions and limitations placed upon them in their educational and social life. Their interaction with their peers can be limited. It is a fundamental right for every child to be able to learn through play, regardless of their physical limitations, age or challenges and the freedom to play makes our centres magical to many children, and supports their more formal learning.


    Our centres provide a safe play area for many children to quite simply, laugh, play and interact as they may not be able to at home or school.
    To enable this project to happen we need to supply new soccer kits, goal posts, footballs, basketball hoops and balls and helmets and signs for the trike tracks for all 3 centres. Minibus transport will be provided between centers. Children will learn to care for, share and become a team with each other as they encounter children with disabilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to offer one sporting session per month hosted at Cheltenham, Swindon or Bristol.


    » A) To purchase equipment for all 3 centres to provide the 5 sports
    » B) Supervisors will prepare the annual rota of sessions.
    » C) Promote the sessions through local schools, Parents, G.P.’s and care professionals.
    » D) Ensure we have enough duty staff to support the children by recruiting qualified playworkers and drivers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...having between 25 and 50 Children aged from 7 taking part at any one session.

    Aim 2

    We aim to increase the number of young adults using centres by offering age appropriate activities


    » A) Liaise with local schools, G.P.’s, health care professionals and parents and carers to promote the sessions.
    » B) Create Posters, Newsletters and update our web pages to promote this.
    » C) Work with the children and young adults to discuss the sports available and any future sports they may wish to include.

    What success will look like

    Success will behaving an increase in demand for places and having a waiting list as a result of promotion. We would like to be able to offer this club twice monthly due to demand.

    Aim 3

    We aim to improve the physical and mental health of children with complex needs.


    » A) Encourage all children to actively take part in these sessions.
    » B) Enable the children to participate fully whatever their needs are.
    » C) Provide appropriate safe equipment for the children to use.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing skills developed which promote increased independence including: Hand-eye coordination, balance, decision making, safety awareness and team working.

    Aim 4

    We aim to offer transport in our own minibus to enable as many children as possible to participate.


    » A) Coordinate area pick-up and return points.
    » B) Provide reliable, accessible transport.
    » C) Recruit volunteer or paid qualified Driver.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Increased requests for transport from Parents and Schools.

  • Impact


    Attending the sports clubs will improve physical and mental health including well-being; emotional responses, interpersonal and team skills. These skills will support long term independence and the children could go on to be a valuable team member of a sports club outside of Hop Skip and Jump. The club will enable them to have an awareness of immediate environment and how a young adult fits and interacts within that. They learn how to relate to peers and understand behavioural boundaries.


    Lack of funding or vehicle breakdown would be the main risks to this project. To manage this risk we will not be commencing the sessions until we have full funding for 12 sessions and all of the equipment we need. The old minibuses have been replaced with new ones and are fully maintained.


    Donors will receive a quarterly Newsletter from Hop Skip and Jump centres detailing the current situation and images of the Sports Sessions. This will also include information about fundraising activities and other projects happening at the centres and new development work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,479

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,252 Running Costs £271 per session X 12 including transport & salaries
      £7,227 Equipment Sporting equipment and kit for 5 sports.
  • Background


    Our Project will rotate around our 3 existing centres at Cheltenham, Bristol and Swindon and provide this facility for those in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol (South Gloucestershire) and surrounding counties. Our research shows that 1 in 15 families have a child with a disability, many of who will remain in the family environment for their natural life. Our Cotswold Centre has been open 30 years in July 2012 and Swindon just 1 year.


    Any child or young adult aged from 7 – 25 with life limiting or threatening illness or any other special within the counties supported by each of our centres will be able to benefit from this project. Parents of these children will be able to have free respite time to spend with other family members, take on paid employment or simply take a break. All children at the centres will be able to use this sports equipment when not in use by those in the sports sessions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 30 years experience in providing play therapy and support for children with life limiting or threatening illnesses or any other special need. During that time we have become well renowned and have supported a similar project in Turkey to start up. We operate all centres 6 days per week offering Holiday Day Care, After School Clubs, Teens and 20’s youth groups alongside drop in sessions for children and schools groups. We have fully qualified staff and the capacity to run this project.

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    These will be the key support workers for the children taking part. They will accompany them, interact and enable them to play and arrange content.


    They will ensure the health and safety requirements are provided and organise the rota of activities.


    Any child requiring additional personal care will be supported by a qualified group nurse.


    Approved and qualified Volunteer or staff member to drive the vehicles to and from the hosting centre.