Mar 31, 2016
Shining Our Light on Autism #LIUB
World Autism Awareness Day! #disABILITY
On the eve of World Autism day we take this opportunity to shine a light on the positives that sport and physical activity can play on a person life with autism.
As defined by the National Autistic Society, “Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them”.
This means engaging in mainstream activities such as accessing a Saracens fixture or going to the shops can sometimes be impossible. At the Saracens Sport Foundation we support a wide spectrum of people with autism and their families through tailored sports provision, for young people with high functioning autism we have our Dance and Rugby Clubs (Sarrie’s RFC and Strictly Sarrie) through to supporting those with extremely challenging behaviours with our unique and award winning ‘Sarrie’s Skills Club’.
Owain Davies, Senior Sports Development Officer at the Saracens Sports Foundation said “our mantra here (Saracens Sports Foundation) is to focus on the ability of a person with a disABILITY. This mind set looks to boost confidences and provide greater coping strategy’s in a moment of need.”
The worked carried out to date has provided many positive outcomes, some notable ones have seen one of our members and their family become full season ticket holders where they valiantly support Saracens from the North Stand. We have also seen Peter Biddle and his team of runners take on the London 10k and looking ahead we have Robbie running the London Marathon this April! These achievements are incredible when you realise that both Peter and Robbie require 24hr support.
This is something that has been achieved through a fantastic and dedicated team of staff and volunteers that recognises the ability of the people who engage in our provision. Even though we have gained success we are passionate about achieving more and providing greater opportunities for people with autism to not only take part in sport but to have greater community engagement.
To find out more about our disability programmes please contact Owain Davies for more information Owaindavies@Saracens.net