Sport on Saturday Club 15th Anniversary

Sport on Saturday Club Celebrates its 15th Birthday at St. Mary’s Menston

In April 2016, the SOS Club at St. Mary’s School, Menston celebrates its 15th birthday.  The Sport on Saturday Club provides young disabled people with a wide range of both physical and learning disabilities, with the opportunity to participate in sport.  Age is no barrier and some have been members since the Club’s inception in 2001.  

The aim of the club is to provide a safe environment where young people with disabilities can make friends and socialise whilst participating in sporting activities, enabling them to maintain their physical fitness.  Activities enjoyed include boccia and new age kurling which have been specifically designed for people with disabilities, but mainstream sports and games such as rounders, tennis, circuit training and volleyball are also played.  Some sessions are spent off site; riding adapted bikes at the John Charles Centre for Sport and Ten Pin Bowling, an activity enjoyed as part of the group’s Christmas and end of year celebrations.  The club is run by Year 12 Sports Leaders from St. Mary’s and there has been a real growth in their understanding of disability as well as the development of their leadership skills.

“George so looks forward to his Saturday Morning SOS Club experience. I have seen a growing enthusiasm for sport and a willingness to take part and enjoy whatever is on offer.”
— One parent, whose disabled son attends the SOS Club each week

“It has been a privilege to watch the SOS Club grow. It provides a warm and welcoming environment for young people whose disabilities sometimes prevent them from leading full and active lives. While sport is the medium for growth and improved fitness, it is the friendships which have blossomed and are continuing to be nurtured that gives me the most pride. Long may we continue.”
— Founder of the SOS Club, Barbara Pounder, a PE Teacher at St. Mary’s

The Club is held each Saturday during term time in the Gym at St. Mary’s from 10.30am to 12.00 noon and new members are very welcome.  Anyone interested in joining or who would like to attend for a taster session, should contact Kate on 0113 2793665 or Barbara on 07973 433769.

There is currently no charge for sessions to enable increased accessibility for all. However, this does mean that the club is reliant upon sponsorship and donations to continue running and provide activities for people who would otherwise find it difficult to socialise.

If you would like to sponsor the SOS Club or assist with fundraising, please contact on the numbers above.