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Project information

Maypole Active (Inclusive Sports)

Sport has proven positive physical and psychological impacts on individuals. Maypole Active, an inclusive sports club, for children with complex medical needs/disability and their siblings, enhances sporting/motor skills, improves mental well being, creates space where friendships flourish.

February 2016 - January 2017

Charity information: The Maypole Project

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  • Need


    The shortage reported by families of appropriate sporting activities for children who have complex medical needs and particularly those which include well siblings. This gap is exacerbated through a lack of the additional support and encouragement which may help them to access existing services. Children with complex medical needs face exclusion from sports as a result. Without this they face not only lack of exercise, but also lowered ability in motor skills, confidence and mental health


    Maypole Active will provide inclusive sporting activities across three classes per week, for children with a complex medical need, disability or special educational need. Through a professionally trained team of staff and volunteers, Active helps children develop motor skills such as; hand-eye coordination, build confidence, promote independence, it also provides a safe place to release pent-up emotions through physical activity. An additional benefit is a respite break for parents/carers

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run Maypole Active (inclusive sports club)


    » * Run three Maypole Active sessions for children with complex medical needs and their siblings (10 children per class)
    » * Engage children and young people with the service

    What success will look like

    Quantitive recording -
    Numbers of children invited
    Attendance at each club
    Feedback from children, parents, volunteers on the progress of the children pre- and post- activiites

    Aim 2

    Engage 10 volunteers to assist in running the project


    » Advertise for, select and recruit 10 volunteers. Plan for community engagement in the project through showcases/open days to engage new team
    » DBS check, train, run inductions and ongoing supervision for this team to ensure quality control and safety of the groups.
    » Involve the volunteers with the planning and development of the groups, running sections as and when appropriate (with additional training).

    What success will look like

    Numbers of volunteer recruitment events
    Numbers of volunteers applying - and those engaging in sports and process of recruitment.

    Aim 3

    Provide a respite break for parents and carers


    » Engagement of 10 children and young people to the groups each attending x 1 per week will provide at least one hour of respite for 20 parents /

    What success will look like

    Numbers of parents/carers who feel able to leave their child/young person with us and report taking a short respite break.
    Qualitative feedback from this cohort on the club.

  • Impact


    Maypole Active will create a unique inclusive, safe, friendly and fun environment where c/yp with complex medical needs and siblings can participate in sporting activities. Success will be demonstrated through monitoring attendance and growth in demand of over 15%. Aiming to increase the number of sessions. Success will be noted through 75% of children having increased activity, improved motor skills, experiencing lowered expression of intense feelings, with increased confidence and friendship


    Risk 1:
    One or some of our volunteers might not be able to help at one or more Maypole Active session. We have dealt with this risk by working within the community to promote this volunteering and ensure we have enough (trained) volunteers to call upon.
    Risk 2:
    The venue may become too small (with growing success of the groups) - further venues are being explored.
    Risk 3:
    Demand outweighs provision; we have dealt with this through strong boundaries and controls on acceptance to places.


    The project lead will report monthly to the project supervisor whi will detail attendance, cyp attending, staffing levels, and any issues/ necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.
    Funders of this project will be able to receive a copy of this regular report on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,620

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,620 Maypole Active Holding three classes per week with associated staffing and premises costs
      £1,000 Marketing Promotional materials
      £1,000 Equipment Sports equipment; balls, rackets, nets etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    FreeSport - The Mayor of London £1,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Maypole Project is based in Orpington a quiet and tranquil place for the provision of support for families. The project supports children/young people who have children complex medical needs across South East London and focusses its outreach through hospitals, hospices and nursing teams across this area. We provide support in the most accessible places for families.Maypole Active would take place in the heart of Bromley a central and accessible location for the first stages of this project


    Families across South East London struggle to find sports activities for their child(ren) with complex medical needs. The children who attend Maypole Active, parents/carers as well as local schools will be the primary beneficiaries of this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Maypole Project has successful provided support for over 10 years to families who have children with complex medical needs and disabilities. We are known for our expertise and reputation in supporting children with disabilities and their siblings. By integrating our learning from providing short breaks, activity days, and arts and crafts groups and with the expertise of Phil, our professional children's sports coach will contribute to the successful running of this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sally Flatteau Taylor

    CEO/Founder Strategic Lead for the project: Line manager for this project Lead Therapist/Supervisor and trainer

    Phil Price

    Inclusive Sports Coach/Facilitator: Trained and experienced in providing inclusive sports coaching; creates great rapport with children/young people

Children (and volunteers!) having fun!

Children (and volunteers!) having fun!


sports equipment adapted to ability