Equestrian Vaulting Club Talygarn Vaulters have been awarded insport Club of the Month for their continued work towards inclusion.
The Club teaches gymnastics on horseback to disabled and non-disabled vaulters aiming to improve their balance, strength, fitness, co- ordination and ability. The sport incorporates dance, music and gymnastics onto the back of a moving horse.
Talygarn Vaulters has been running as a club for six years and have been working with Sport RCT and Disability Sport Wales for the last three years where they have completed DIT training and provided sessions for local SEN schools. Currently eight children who’s ages range from 10yrs to 16yrs with varying disabilities attend a session weekly and there is also three groups ranging from club squad training, to beginner and the SEN groups.
Chris Rogers, Talygarn Vaulters coach said “I had been involved in disabled riding on horseback and felt that vaulting would offer more to participants in order to improve their core strength, flexibility and fitness. We undertook Disability Inclusion Training (DIT) courses to enable us to understand the needs of the disabled participants. We then adapted our sport to the required levels and it is good to always know there is help and support from insport for the club when needed. Our young disabled vaulters have made huge strides forward and we have seen massive gains in their ability, fitness, strength and confidence. As a result our riders have taken part in Para vaulting competitions winning a team class plus individuals titles whilst also being Welsh Champions.”
Shelley Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for RCT said “I am very pleased for Talygarn Vaulters on their recent achievement of insport club of the month. I started working with the club when they first attended Disability Inclusion Training in 2015. Since then, they have continued to grow and develop their inclusive provision and more recently started their insport club journey. The club very much deserve this recognition to highlight their commitment not only to the groups who attend on a weekly basis but to the individuals that they have supported at local and national competitions. I am looking forward to supporting the club as they continue with their insport journey.”
Chris advised that other clubs get involved and become insport accredited; “Be open minded to what the individuals can achieve, adapt your sport to achievable levels and ask your local DSW Development officer for help to develop. The insport programme can also help with all the legal requirements and assist in making sure all documents are up to date and recorded.”
Michelle Daltry, Partnership Manager for Disability Sport Wales Said “Talygarn Vaulters provide a unique opportunity for disabled people to develop excellent physical literacy skills in a safe and supported environment. I would encourage anyone to come and see the Vaulters in action and see if this is a sport for you.”
Talygarn Vaulters currently run one disabled vaulters group but hope that they can build on this success and offer more opportunities to other disabled participants with the help of insport.
If you would like more information or would like to join the club please visit the club website