The SMASH sports club has been running since January 2000 and provides sporting activities with qualified coaches for adults with learning disabilities. However, to continue meeting our students ever changing needs, the club is now open to anyone with a learning disability aged 13 years and above.
They meet every Saturday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm at a variety of venues. The majority of the sessions take place at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre (twice a month) where a wide variety of sports are on offer including football, short tennis and use of the fitness suite. The group also go swimming on the first Saturday of every month. The group then visit a number of other venues to maintain a varied and interesting programme of events such as archery, ten pin bowling, pitch and putt golf and fishing.
The club also has developed a very strong relationship with Southend United Football Club, who kindly provide the club with tickets to two of the team’s matches each season and to further strengthen this link, members of the club were present at Southend’s home game with Torquay on Saturday 29th March 2016 where they were presented with medals for sporting achievement on the pitch before the commencement of the game.
Each session costs £4 but this covers all sporting equipment and other supplies required to ensure members receive the full benefit of whichever sport or physical activity they are undertaking.
The club also hold an annual awards evening to celebrate the successes and achievements of all those who attend.
To see the current SMASH club programme, please go to our Flyers page and click on the SMASH photo.