Activities for disabled people

Derby wheelblazers in action - is a disabled people activity

There is a lot to do in Derby if you, your child or someone you care for is disabled to help keep you active, make friends and learn new skills.


b-active logo Gyms

Our gyms at Queen's Leisure Centre, Moorways Sports Centre and Springwood Leisure Centre all use Technogym equipment which is suitable for disabled and non-disabled people to work out together.

Our gyms at Queen's and Springwood leisure centres both have received the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accreditation for providing fitness facilities and accessible areas for disabled people. For more information, visit the IFI's website.

Please note: the gym at Moorways Sports Centre can only be accessed by a set of stairs.

Our sports centres offer free admission for carers if they are helping a disabled person take part in an activity.

Other gyms

Man with disability, swimming Swimming

We have ramped access, disabled changing rooms and toilets, a hearing induction loop and pool hoists at both Moorways Swimming Pool and Queen's Leisure Centre, and easy access steps, and braille and tactile signs at Moorways Swimming Pool.

We also run Learn to Swim courses for disabled children and for adults of all abilities, including one-to-one lessons.

Our sports centres offer free admission for carers if they are helping a disabled person take part in an activity.

Other swimming groups

Derby City Sportsability Club logo Sportsability Club

The Derby City Sportsability Club runs a structured coaching programme with the chance to develop skills in football, trampolining and athletics. Available at these centres...

  • Queen's Leisure Centre: Swimming. Tuesdays, 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For 14 to 18 year olds. Session starts from 10th January 2012.
    Please book in advance, telephone 01332 641444, minicom: 01332 256666
  • The Royal School for the Deaf Derby: Wednesdays, 4.00pm to 5.00pm. For 11 to 21 year olds
  • Lees Brook Community College: Thursdays, 4.00pm to 5.00pm. For five to 18 year olds
  • Bemrose Community School: Saturdays, 10.00am to 12 noon. For adults, from 18 years old.

Cost: £2 a session

Come along to any session. For more information, telephone: 01332 641234, Minicom 01332 256666 or email:

Disabled Trampolining sessions

  • Derby City Gymnastics Club, Chapel Street, Derby
  • Wednesdays, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
  • For 11 to 18 year olds
  • Price: £3.00 a session.

For more information or to book, contact Mark Dolman on 01332 200011 or email

Are there any other clubs and centres in Derby for people with disabilities?

Youth clubs

We have youth clubs for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties at centres across Derby.

WhatWhereWhoWhenEntry Cost
Saturday Club Southgate Youth Centre, Brighton Road, Alvaston, Derby DE23 8NQ Open to 11 to 25 year olds Saturday (every fortnight) 1.30pm to 3.30pm £1.00
Saturday Girls Only Southgate Youth Centre, Brighton Road, Alvaston, Derby DE23 8NQ Open to 11 to 15 year olds Saturday (every Fortnight) 1.30pm to 3.30pm £1.00
Wilson Street Club 4 Wilson Street Derby DE1 1PG For young people and adults with learning disabilities Monday and Thursday 7.00pm to 9.00pm £1.00
St Clare's School St Clare's School For young people who attend the school  Tuesday 3.00pm to 5.00pm £1.00
St Martins School St Martins School For young people who attend the school Monday 2.30pm to 5.00pm £1.00
Panthers Sports Club for all abilities Bemrose Community School, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby DE22 3HU For young people and adults with learning disabilities Saturday 10.00am to 12.00noon £3.00
Enbees Youth Club Southgate Youth Centre, Brighton Road, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8TE For young people who attend the school Tuesday 7.00pm to 9.00pm £1.00
Hand and Voice Youth Club Derby Deaf Club, Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF For young people with hearing impairment and friends Tuesday 7.00pm to 9.00pm £1.00
Friday Night Chill Out Zone 4 Wilson Street Derby DE1 1PG Open to 18 to 25 year olds Friday 7.00pm to 10.00pm £1

p.a.c.e Derby

This organisation supports people through the Life Learning process. It offers:

  • life skills and support plans
  • a Therapeutic and Woodwork programme
  • a fully equipped and inclusive gym.

For more information:

Derby Wheelblazers

Wheelchair basketball for adults and juniors - disabled and non-disabled people welcome.

  • Derby College Sports Centre, Prince Charles Avenue, Derby, DE22 4LR
  • Sunday, 2.30pm to 5.00pm

For more information:


Open to children and adults with physical or learning disabilities. Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

For more information, please contact Paul Roe on 01332 344741.

Blind Cricket in Derbyshire

For anyone with a visual impairment who is interested in playing cricket.

For more information, contact:

  • Paul Roe, telephone: 01332 344741 or mobile: 07908 046772
  • Mick Glenn, telephone: 01332 388130 or email:

Derby Shooters and the Ability Counts Programme – Derby County Football in the Community

Football for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities.

For more information, please contact Sam Turner on 01332 648434.

Fun-abil8y Sessions

St James Centre runs an initiative programme to help young disabled people live life to the max. Fun-abil8y is aimed at 0 to 19 year olds with disabilities, particularly people from disadvantaged backgrounds or from ethnic minority communities.

Age groups are flexible as as suitability depends on the interest and ability not just the age of the young person.

Fun-abil8y runs eight term-time clubs which help young people to:

  • develop their skills and knowledge
  • make new friends
  • socialise with others
  • become more confident
  • become more independent.

Afterschool Club

  • Mondays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • St James Centre.

Young people aged 8 to 13 years can learn new skills and confidence by learning through play, try ;simple cooking, singing and dancing and learn different games to share with the their friends - new and old.

Outdoor Challenge Club

  • Tuesdays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Arboretum Park

Young people aged 8 to 13 years can enjoy the outdoors through the summer months, rising to the challenge of den building, kite flying, climbing, pond dipping, cooking on a camp fire etc.

Computer and Games Club

  • Wednesdays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • St James Centre

Young people aged 8 to 13 years can learn new computer skills, typing in word documents, excel spread sheets, being creative with publisher and supervised use of the internet for games and information. Also playing on computer game consoles - Wii, Game Cube and X Box.


  • Thursdays, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
  • St James Centre

Young people aged 14 to 18 years can enjoy a mix of computer games, snooker, cookery, developing independence skills and time for socialising with their mates.

Cool Kids Club

  • Thursdays, 5.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Pear Tree Church Room, Normanton

Young People aged 8 to 12 years from New Communities with or without a disability can enjoy crafts, sports, games, and other learning and fun activities in both English and East European Languages.


  • Saturdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • St James Centre

In partnership with Derwent Stepping Stones, young people aged 3 to 7 years can enjoy a choice of activities such as messy play, arts and crafts, games, music and soft play


  • Saturday 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • St James Centre

Young people aged 8 to 18 years who have profound and complex needs. We give one to one support so they can take part in specialised activities that meet their needs and interests.


  • Sundays, 11.00pm to 1.00pm
  • Shaftesbury Sports Centre

Young people aged 8 to 13 years can take part in multi-sports activities which are made accessible for the full range of abilities, ensuring that everyone improves their skills and fitness and enjoys making their special contribution to the success of their team!

For more information about any of Fun-ability's clubs, contact St James Centre by:

Disability SnowSport UK

There are sessions at Tamworth Snowdome, which are run by volunteers, seek to provide a safe and friendly environment where both beginners and experienced adaptive skiers can take part in the group's activities.

For more information, visit the Disability SnowSport UK's website.

Derby Dippers Disabled Swimming Club

This swimming club is held at Moorways Swimming Pool on Sundays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm. It is for any disability and for all ages.

Session price: £1.50 for adults, £1.00 for under 18s. Family and friends also welcome.

For more information or to book, contact Kully Bains by:

Disability Direct – Just Fun Project

Disability Direct offer fun, free activities for young disabled people aged 11 – 18 living in Derby. The activities take place during school holidays and some weekends. For more information or to join the project, please contact Craig Thomson on 01332 299449 or email

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