For Parents of Children With Additional Needs
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As we all know, finding a club or actitivty which welcomes children and people with SEN can be difficult.  So we thought it would be useful if we held a list.  If you have had a positive experience with some sort of club - eg sports,  dance, theatre  and would recommend them to others please email me and I can add them to this list.   Please bare in mind, though,  that every child is different and their needs are very different.  It is always worth contacting the club and discussing the suitablility of the club for your child beforehand.
DISCLAIMER - over time the accuracy of the information on this page may decrease as clubs and societies change without informing us. 


We Do Care.
This organisation organises activities and events for young people with SEN.  They have a website outlining all they are currently offering:
Inspire Day Services
This service provider offers supported day time activities for young people with SEN.   They provide educational (life skill) activities in the morning, and fun activities in the afternoon.  Facebook : inspire
Inclusion Project
Offering supported daytime, evening and weekend activities for people with SEN.  They have a varied timetable - contact is Inclusion.  
Gardening/groundswork based activities for people with SEN and mental health issues.  Based in Hertford, click on this link for details.  They also  run a Cafe in Hertford, which offers work experience/volunteering opportunities.


The Breakout Club
This is  a youth project for young people between the ages of 13-19 years with moderate learning difficulties and /or disabilites at Breaks Manor Youth Centre, Link Drive, Hatfield AL10 8TP.  It is a chance to play sport, listen to music,do arts and crafts, play with computers and relax with friends in a supported environmen -
a chance to socialise and have fun outside the family.  There is a large games room with table tennis table football and snooker, and a comfortable living room with craft activities and card games etc. The Youth workers are very welcoming and very keen to make the club responsive to what the young people want and have introduced a tuck shop by popular demand! 

Sessions are from 6.30 - 9.30 pm and the cost is 70p.  For more info contact Mandy Pynn  on 07748 933219 email

Youth Group
A  group in Welwyn Garden City, for 13-17 year olds with Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism running on a Monday evening 6.30-8.30pm.  It is being run by NAS and Youth Connexions and aims at giving the young people a chance to meet others, socialise and take part in activities such as table tennis, cooking, art and indoor sports.  Cost is 1 per session - contact Alison Carpenter on 01442 247046 (Fax 01442 213923) for more details ifyou are interested.

Youth Club
The Hatfield Gateway Club is held at the Jim McDonald Centre,  McDonald Court, Hatfield on Fridays 7-9.30pm. The facilities are exceptional and there is a disco every week, amongst other activities- which run in different rooms. Cost -1, diet coke 50p.  Contact: Brenda Beach 01707 260880 for more details.


 Autism Friendly Film Screenings.
More Autism Friendly Film Screenings have been announced and will show at cinemas accross the UK and Ireland:. For more info click on

Also, there are autism friendly films shown at West Herts College Theatre, Watford Campus, Hempstead Road, Watford WD17 3EZ.  Call Karen on 01923 812233 for details or click on

Flamingo Film Fun
Disability friendly cinema screenings at Campus West. This is an opportunity for people of all ages with disabilities to take their families, friends and carers to see a film with the only obligations to have as much fun as possible.  Contact Campus West on 01707 357117 for more details.


Ware Toy Library:
A toddler group for under 5s meeting alternate Monday mornings from 10 - 11.30 in term time only.  For more details contact Cass Tunstall  at or


ActOne Dance Base
"ACT ONE DANCEBASE is truly FANTASTIC. I cannot rate this organisation highly enough. They are fully inclusive. My daughter loves her dancing and gains so much."
Youth Create in Sawbridgeworth.
They are a fully inclusive drama and dance club in Sawbridgeworth. They hold weekly sessions during term time but also often organise a summer holiday 5 day workshop as well. They are very welcoming of children of all abilities.

WOW Dance & Movement Club  For children with Disabilites, 3.50 per session, Sat 15th Jan - 19th Feb, 1.30-3.30pm, at Turnford School, Mill Lane, Cheshunt, EN8 0JU.  Contact Jo Silk ChExs Administrator 07970498966; email:

Razed Roof
Based at Harlow Playhouse, they are an inclusie performing arts group for people with and without disabilities and learning difficulties.  They provide theatre skills training and opportunities for performing publicly and is made up of adults with learning difficulties/disabilities and young people from mainstream education.  For more information click on RazedRoof.

 Actability Inclusive Theatre Company
They are a group of like minded people from social care and arts backgrounds,  who organise weekly workshops based in Bishop Stortford with an emphasis on creating quality performing arts opportunities for  learning disabled people. They offer sessions for the profoundly disabled of all ages and their work is different from other companies in that it is based on theraputic and social value of the work rather than pure performance, though they do often work towards shows.  For more info click on Actability .


Herts Yoga: At the Natural Living Centre, 15 Currie St, Hertford SG13 7DA.  Children/Adults with Special Needs very welcome. More details at  HertsYoga.   Please call Eliane Codiroli on 07946 508 134 or 01992 55 44 85 to book a place and to discuss any additional needs your child or you may have.


They run a wide variety of different sports and activities for children, young people and older people  (5 -99 yrs old!), including athletics, football, tennis, boccia, swimming, basketball, cricket, dance, cycling and canoeing. For more information click on SpecialOlympicsEastHerts.

This was established in october 2011 to make a difference through snow sports to those individuals with additional needs, such as autism and dyspraxia, as well as all forms of rehabilitation challenges.  Held at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead - contact details; ; 07713888199

St Albans City Youth:
Team training: Wed (16+) 6-7pm Highfield Park Centre, 59 Russett Drve, St Albans, AL4 0DB; 3 (free taster available); contact Daniel Rogers or 0794 9015634.
13+, special olympics, 7aSide and developing players: Friday 7.30-9.30pm, location,cost and contact details as above.
Bedwell Rangers FC:
U12s and U16s at Marriot School , Monday 6-7pm;  Adults at Stevenage Football Acad Friday 1.30pm, Sesssions are FREE, contact Ken Headington 07946 329180 (

Harvesters FC:
U12s; Sunday 11-12.30pm, Harvesters FC, Oaklands Lane, Smallford, AL4 )HS, sessions are FREE, contact Stephen Fletcher (

Hitchin Town FC
Juniors, Tues 4.15-5.15pm; 
2  Seniors Mon 1.30-2.30pm; FREE ; The Arena, Baldock, contact Mark Burke 01462 721188.
FC Comets FC:

Monday 6-7pm; Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead; 3 or 2 if more than one person per family. The Comets Special Needs secion is now part of newly formed Herts FA Disability League and will play several Round Robin tournaments.  This league caters for Adults, U16s and U12s.  If you are interested in joining them please contact Brian Pack (manager) on 01442 262936 (
Hoddesdon Town Inclusion FC
Alternate Saturdays, 12-2pm, Hoddesdon Town FC, Park Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8PX, 5 per session, contact Soner All 07973 432661.
2ND Sunday of every month, teams play in friendly and relaxed atmosphere, dates will be released on the Hertfordshire FA website

RYA Sailability (Fairlands Valley, Stevenage) . At Fairlands Valley Sailing Centre we support the RYA Sailability scheme and believe we are well placed to help people with disabilities take up the sport, young or old.  After two years without the sailing lake we are now trying to revitalize our Sailability programme
.  Cost per session would be 5.00.  We have a good pool of volunteers and helpers but could always use the help of parents and friends. To help us with staffing and allocation of equipment please contact the centre on (01438) 353241 or e-mail  prior to arrival with name and contact details Stevenage Leisure Ltd, Lytton Way, Stevenage, HERTS, SG1 1LZ.
Gosling Sports Park are running a 37 week course of tennis coaching for  young people (5-15 year old) in either Wheelchair Tennis (starting 3rd Jan, Wednesdays 6-7pm) , Learning Difficulties Tennis (starting 3rd Jan, Tuesdays 6-7pm; Saturday 1-2pm), Visually Impaired Tennis (starting 28th February Mondays 6-7pm) and Deaf Tennis (starting 3rd Jan, Sundays 10-11am).  For more information contact or 01707 384339.
Broxbourne Badgers Boccia Phab Club - For children over 8 years old with disabilities, a chance to learn to play the Paralympic sport of Boccia.   The club meets  at the 2nd Hoddesdon Scouts Hut, Hoddesdon EN11 0HU.   Phone Peter on 07599 139175 or email
Hertfordshire Harriers
"They welcome members from 11 years old (but I don't think they adhere to the lower age limit!) It is a club for people with disabilites, but any siblings are welcome also and there is a lot of parental involvement as it is a voluntary group run by parents" . Contact: Mrs Janice Dyer 01992 425992 www.harriers.smartchange.
John Warner Sports Centre (Hoddesdon)
They hold a trampolining session for children with special needs most Saturdays from 4-5pm during term time. Advisable to book a few days ahead to be sure of a space. They also do SWIMMING sessions and BADMINTON. You need to contact them directly for further details on the later 2 activities. Contact no: 01992 445375 JohnWarnerSports
10- pin bowling at Bishop's Stortford
John Warner Leisure Centre:  On Sundays until further notice there will be a swimming session between 4-5pm for children with SEN.  Both child and one carer will be admitted for free.  Proof of disability must be provided (eg HAND card).
Grundy Park Leisure Centre: Free swimming sessions for  people of all ages with special needs every Sunday evening from 4 to 5.45 p.m.  This is a fun session for all the family to enjoy together, not just the person with disabilities.  The pool has some specialist equipment including a chair lift into the water, and there are two swimming teachers on hand to give help and advice where needed. People who want more info can contact Linda Crisp on 07973 873910 or contact Grundy Park Leisure Centre on 01992 623345 (Grundy Park)
Amwell View School: Are trying to start swimming classes for preschool children with SEN for more details click on the poster or see info on news page.
Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool : the pool is lovely and warm and they have a separate changing area for children who may have additional needs. Contact no: 01992 716733.
Pedal Power all ability Cycling Club 2012 - a club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilites, at Finsbury Park basketball courts,  London, on alternate Saturdays (21st April, 5th and 19th May, 2nd and 16th  June, 14th and 28th July, 11th and 25th August, 8th and 22nd September, 6th and 20th October and 3rd and 17th November; 12.00 - 14:00 . Contact Jo Roach 020 8809 7718 for details;

Outdoor Activities:
ABC club
This club based at Harlow will cater specifically for young people aged 8-16 with learning and physical difficulties.  The idea is to increase the child's Agility, Balance and Coordination skills, increase their self confidence and social awareness skills, and monitor progress through a number of basic dexterity tests provided by the Child Development Centre.  Activites include raft canoeing, archery, obstacle course, dragon boating, high ropes, abseilling, wood games and  a scramble net.  They are being held on Tuesdays, 6-8pm for 12 weeks starting from 28th February.  They aim to run this course 4 times a year so if you can't do the next one, then others will be available in the future.  To book a place please call the centre on 01279 620270 email  or click

Disability Sporting Opportunities in Welwyn/Hatfield

This info is taken from  the a  Newsletter  - not sure about any age restrictions and don't have any personal recommendations relating to the clubs- please contact the individual clubs for more details.
Hatfield Acorns Football Club
Jim Mc Donald Cntre, Hatfield.
For more info contact:  
Debbie Wright 07961 053736
Cavendish Cricket Club
Jim Mc Donald Cntre, Hatfield.
Thurs 7-8pm
Linda Bryceland 07974690033
Knebworth Badminton and Multisports Club
Birchwood Leisure Centre Hatfield Thurs 11am-12pm
Philip Gray 01438235438
St Albans City Youth FC,
Highfield Park Fri 7-8pm
Daniel Rogers 01727 762848
Eagles Boccia Club,
Jim Mc Donald Cntre, Hatfield,
Sat 2pm-4pm (fortnightly)
Pete 07506 415969
Platypus Swimming Club
For the handicapped
Hatfield Swim Centre Sun 11am-1pm
Ann Redstone 01707 324348
Kestrels Sports Club
Gosling Sports Park, WGC
Sat 7pm-9pm (fortnightly)
Adrian Moss 01707 257503
Inclusive Fitness Intitiative
Hatfield Swim Centre,
Centre Opening Hours
Amanda Morris 01707 278034
Welwyn Hatfield Fencing Club,
Hatfield Leisure Centre, Fri 7.30-10.30pm
Grahame Read 01462 450788

Sporting Opportunities in St Albans:

Again, these do not come with personal recommendations, just that they are fully inclusive, so please contact individual clubs for details.

Harvesters  FC
Oaklands Lane,  St Albans
Sun 11am  in term time
Telephone : 01923 241799
E mail :
Special Olympics at St Albans,
London Colney Recreation Centre
London Colney,Hertfordshire
Phone(s): 01727 827667
Fax: 01727 863533