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Simon Jones


Simon Jones

What is your day job?

Disability Sport Wales Development Officer and Active Young Peoples Sport Development Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan

 

Why did you get involved with (disability) sport?

I volunteered at a powerchair football club in university and loved it so when I came back to Cardiff I started volunteering with local disability sport clubs. I enjoyed the experiences so much I was then successful in gaining a DSW officer post. 

 

How long have you been a tutor for DSW?

I’ve been a Tutor for DSW since 2008.

 

Why did you become a DSW tutor?

I became a DSW tutor because I wanted to raise awareness of how to adapt sports to suit different people’s needs, sometimes the simplest of adaptations can have a huge impact on a person taking part. The more people that are confident to do this then there will be more opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity. 


What are the good things about tutoring the UK DIT workshops?

I enjoy speaking with the candidates on the course and finding out their level of knowledge on disability sport and what examples of inclusion they have done in the past. It’s also brilliant to see the increase in confidence of candidates with very little disability sport experience, as a tutor you notice throughout the course how people’s views and ideas change. A lot of people already have the knowledge on how to adapt activities but just need the reassurance from others in the disability sport field to know they’re doing it correctly.  Being able to see the practical examples that coaches and volunteers who attend the workshop have when it comes to inclusion is brilliant. I have used quite a few of the adaptions in sessions I run as some are superb.

 

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