The Charity was created to provide support, education, training and the opportunity to take part in sporting activities for individuals who struggle to access sport and physical activity - to improve physical health and wellbeing. We are a countywide charity reaching out to all communities and individuals in Hertfordshire.
The Foundation is now being recognised across the county as a source of expertise for disability sport - from our track record, the skills of our staff and our open commitment to ‘practise what we preach’ on a daily basis. As a result, the charity changed its name to Herts Disability Sport Foundation in the Autumn of 2017 – although it should be clear that this has not altered our overall ethos of working with all groups who struggle to access sport and physical activity.
Herts Disability Sports Foundation (HDSF) is a relatively small charity working to support adults and children in Hertfordshire with physical and/or learning disabilities to participate in recreational sporting activities. We aim to provide and support opportunities in sports and physical activity that can be accessed by everyone, whether it be through participation, volunteering, coaching or education in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
We offer a fully inclusive service across three key programme areas; Community activities, Bikes without Barriers and our hub for outdoor activities at Stanborough Park. Working with a diverse range of partners (including Day Services, special schools and community groups) we provide cycling opportunities for young people and adults, community fitness sessions in a variety of locations, weekly activity sessions at Stanborough for young people and adults (including watersports), and holidays session for children with physical or learning disabilities and their siblings. Our activities include cycling, boxercise, keep fit, paddleboarding, bellboating and many more – each activity is adapted to the needs of the individual without any assumptions about what they can and cannot do.