Exercise For Specific Groups

Rebecca Hansen

Keeping The North East Fit!

The provision of exercise in today’s society is highly important, however in order to work with specific groups it is essential to have certain qualifications. Within these qualifications it is important to have a CRB check and different sport and exercise related qualifications such as first aid, coaching badges, fitness qualifications and a GP referral qualification. Within this article I am going to talk about three specific groups: disabled people, children and older adults.

Sporting Activities For Disabled People Of All Ages

Swimming at Concordia

At Concordia in Cramlington there are different facilities and the swimming pool is a well used part of the facilities. Swimming for disabled people costs £3 or £2.20 for anybody with a easy card; adults cost £3.70 or £2.70 with this card if they are needed to supervise.

This is a public pool which means there will be many other people within the pool along with the clients that decide to go, this is not a session or event specific for disabled clients but it is a fun way for people to exercise and enjoy being in the water. There are different toys and floats within the pool and slides which can be great fun, this means clients will find many ways to enjoy themselves and keep active within the pool.

Disablity Cricket at Walker Activitiy Dome

At Walker Activitiy Dome in Newcastle there are many great opportunities for different clients and there is a great variaty of disablity sports. Disability cricket is available every thursday for a six week period from 5:30pm - 6:30pm and it is completely free for disabled clients ages 8-15. These sessions are private for any clients that sign up and allow a fun and enjoyable chance for people to develop cricket skills and confidence within a relaxed environment. The number to call for any details on this sporting activity is (0191) 278 3325 and any questions that you may have will be answered.

Sportining Activities For Children 0-12

Swimming at Concordia

There are swimming lessons in many areas in the north east, Concordia is a brilliant centre for children to learn to swim as there is a 'Learn to Swim Scheme'. Lessons cost £5.30 for any children without an easy card and it is £4.20 for children with an easy card.

The provider of these lessons is within the public sector although the sessions are private for clients that pay to learn. These classes are specificaly for children and will help them to learn the basics of swimming and improve this onto further skills and techniques, it will include many different sessions each week to keep children interested and allow them to have fun whilst learning. For details on the sessions and how to sign up contacting Concordia will give any information that is needed.

Little Squirrels Soft Play

Little Squirrels soft play at Blyth sports centre is for clients ages 0-7 and is based on a woodland theme for children to climb, slide and explore whilst their parents have a chance to relax and watch over the children. This can be public or private, mondays - fridays are public times between 10am and 3pm, and on a saturday and sunday private parties can be orginised. There are no alloted sessions and classes for children as the soft play is a chance for clients to run around and have fun without any major suppervision and orginisation. Private bookings will cost between £50-£60 for an hour and can have upto 40 children within the booking, to do this and find out details the contact number is (01670) 542222; if you are just wanting to go to the public timed slots this will cost £3 per child.

Sporting Activities For Older Adults 50+

Walking in Northumberland

Through the BVAL there are many lead walks around Northumberland in different areas such as Morpeth, Newbiggin, Cramlington and Seghill. These walks help to improve social skills along side fitness for over 50's and it is all took by voluntary workers within the comunity. For any information on these walks and when they take place clients can go onto the BVAL website and look at details and leaflets or ring (01670) 532348 for further information and details. All of the walks are completely free unless otherwise stated and there are regular trips that take place once a month which will cost around £5 to go to areas such as Ashington Woods. These walks are for any older adults that would like to take part in physical activity and have the chance to socialise with other people their age.

50+ Aqua Fit at the City Pool

Aqua fit classes for older adults take place at the city pool on Northumberland road in Newcastle and these are private classes on certain days. The activities included in this are water based and will be different each week to keep clients interested and motivated; there are three different days when classes will be on with different times. On a monday and a friday it will be 9am-9:45am and on a thursday it will be 12pm-12:45pm with a fitness based instructer taking each session. For further information on any of the classes and when they will be on calling
(0191) 2771844 will help anybody to find answers. ithin these sessions and classes there are different deals for clients of a certain age and prices will differ depending on this. For clients that are over the age of 60 there will be a chance to get a Leisureplus card giving upto 40% off on different activities and entery for the swimming pool, fitness suites and classes through out public times. For clients that are below the age of 60 these prices will be different but doable as they are made easy for older adults to afford.

Sports for all three groups

There are many similarities and differences within the three different groups and their provision of exercise. Within the provision of sport for disabled clients there will be more support and simple types of exercise to ensure that they can understand what is asked of them and work within the sporting activities without struggle or difficulty. Within the provision of sport for children ages 0-12 there will still be a lot of support but the types of exercise and the complication of this may be higher as they will be able to do certain activities that disabled clients cannot do, although young children will still find certain activities difficult due to their age. Finally within the provision of sport for adults aged 50+ this exercise may be less strenuous and easier as they will be fragile and not able to work at a high intenisty due to age. Although all of the above factors may come into consideration when doing sporting activity with different clients sometimes there will be similarities within the activites; for example swimming is a activity that is highly recommended and fun for all of the groups although it will be changed to suit each client.
Along with the similarities and differences within the three groups there are also strengths and weakness of the different provisions of sport.

Disabled Clients

For disabled clients there are many strengths of the provision of sport.
Disability sporting acitivities are rather cheap and most of the time free which makes it easier for people to take part and access the classes. Another strength within the provision is that it helps disabled people to socialise and interact with others improving their confidence. Although there are many advantages there are also areas of improvement and they include that not many people within the north east do voluntary work for disability clients and if more were to get involved then more activities would be available for people to take part. Even though disability sports is increasing throughout the country it is not advertised very much which means not many people will be aware of where to go or what times certain activities are on, if it were to be advertised more then more people could get involved and know where to go for chances to take part in sports.

Recommendations -

1. As there are not many voluntary workers within disability sports, it would be good to get more people into the area and get them to help out and get others involved as this would mean it would give more opportunities to clients for them to be aware of and take part in.

2. More advertisement within disability sport would increase the amount of people that get involved and their awareness of what they can do within the north east and throughout the whole country. This would be a great way to improve the provision of sport for clients as it would mean they can look into what is possible to be done and have more chance of knowing what to take part in.


For children there are also many strengths within the provision of sport.

Sporting activities for children have a very wide variaty and are highly available for all ages, they are advertised often and usually brought into schools which makes it very easy for children to take part in sports and get involved without having to find different activities themselves through internet or other social media. Another advantage would be that with obesity on the rise more sport is being promoted to children and they are being encouraged to take part and stay fit as they grow older. Although there are many strengths within the provision of sport for children there are also areas for improvement; most activities around the country now cost for children to take part in them and this could be a problem for their parents as they might not be able to afford this meaning their children cannot take part. Also many different activities will include participants having to get transport and this could be a problem as parents may not cars or money to pay for the transport needed.


1. Making more sporting activities cheaper or free for children would increase the amount of people that take part and make it easier for them to do so, as some parents cannot afford to give their children money for activities and would struggle to do this. If activities were free within the area then children could take part without their parents having to worry about the costs.

2. As transport is a big problem within the provision of sport altogether not just for children it would be ideal for certain clubs or activities to have transport that they put on for the participants to get to places and take part. Although this may cost some money for the clubs or classes to do it would increase the participation rate and allow children that struggle to get transport the chance to take part in sporting activity without this complication being in the way.

Older Adults

Finally for older adults there are many strengths within the provision of sport.

Physical activities for adults aged 50+ are becoming more varied and available for different clients, most activities are at a low price or free which makes them easier for people to take part in and join. Also activities such as walks are great for older adults as it gives them a chance to socialise without doing exercise which will be to strenuous for them. Although there are many strengthes there are also areas for improvement such as they might have problems or diseases that make it hard for them to exercise and available classes are more so generalised towards older adults all together and not older adults which may have problmes like osteoperosis or arthritis. Also with classes and sessions being generalised for older people, there may be fitter adults which can do more than others within the classes but are unable to as the class is specific to a certain catogory of ability.

Recommendations -

1. As certain older adults may have problems or diseases increasing the amount of physical activitiy available for specific clients with problems would allow more adults over the age of 50 to take part in exercise and go to classes which will keep them fit and active.

2. Rather than generalising the activties and classes available for older adults having classes that will let fitter and more able older clients do harder work would be a good improvement within the provision of sport. This would be a good improvement as it will mean that they can exercise within their age group allowing them to socialise with others without feeling singled out but it will also let them exercise at the level that they feel is correct for them and they are comfortable with.

exercise referal process

There is a specific exercise referal process within the local NHS/Council and there are many different stages within the process. Depending on the referral conditions that a client may have the professionals needed and the process that is carried out will differ, an example of this could be that if a client is coming back from injury the professional needed would be physiotherapist where as if the client has something such as obesity the professional that is involved could be a general practitioner which will help with their problem and overcoming this. Monitoring the process and recommendations within it will differ also depending on the client and the problem which is occuring for them.

Stage 1

The patient will be selected for a screening process and referal depending on what their problem is and the professional that is needed to help them will be chosen.

stage 2

The patient will be contacted and dates will be made for when they will need to be seen and assessed by a proffesional.

stage 3

The first exercise assessment will be done on the client, this will include making them run through specific tests to see what the problem is and what is needed to be done within the program that they are going to do. This will be on a 1 to 1 basis with a professional and the patient will work along side them deciding what exercise they should do and what would be appropriate throughout the 12 week program.

stage 4

The exercise program will be made for the client and will be carried out over a 12 week period based on what the client needs to do to help with the problem which they have.

stage 5

This will be a second exercise assessment throughout the program to check progress of the client and how they are doing. This will include seeing improvements that have been made and what still needs improves within the time left in the program.

stage 6

This will just be simply carrying on the program and working towards the goal they will want to achieve at the end of the 12 weeks.

stage 7

This is the final stage within the referal process and is where the professional and the client will look at the last 12 weeks and what has been achieved. If there are any follow ups that may be needed or the client will have to come back they will be orginised.