News and Events

A group of participants and Earth Trust staff
Oct 2019
Earth Trust’s Countryside Skills course is an established educational provision offering weekly, term-time outdoor learning sessions at Earth Trust designed to meet the emotional and learning needs of 13-19 year-olds in special needs schools, with complex physical and learning disabilities and/or...
One of the Centre's regular users shows how the new hub has enabled him to make full use of the target rifles in his wheelchair
Sep 2019
The Barnstandale Centre in the Wirral has opened a new hub for target sports, including target rifles, archery and boccia. The Hub was built with adjustable height benches to ensure that wheelchair users can sit alongside their able-bodied peers and compete together. The introduction of target...
Jul 2019
Dart Sailability have installed a new personnel hoist to provide a further access point for people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, to sailing and boating on the river Dart.  The hoist enables them to safely and comfortably transfer between a pontoon and a boat...
A picture of the outdoor classroom, showing the large canopy roof and the play equipment
Jun 2019
Brooklands School in Reigate is a specialist school for children aged 2-11 years old with a range of severe physical and developmental disabilities, and has recently completed work on a new outdoor classroom. The space will be used primarily to benefit those students on the autistic spectrum...
The new sports facility at Hellingly
May 2019
Heads On, part of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has opened a new multi-use games area at its medium security hospital at Hellingly in East Sussex. This sports facility will enable patients to take part in football, netball, bedminton, tennis, volleyball, basketball, yoga and tai chi,...
Mar 2019
A major grant from the Peter Harrison Foundation has helped East Surrey YMCA to build a splendid new sports hall at their Redhill base. The official opening was carried out by Dame Tanni Grey-Thomson and after the ceremony there was a demonstration of Boccia in front of the many donors and...
A participant and member of staff using an adaptive cycle
Jan 2019
  The Hollybank Trust in Yorkshire provides support and services for people with profound disabilities and learning difficulties. They run a school, purpose built residential homes for children and adults, and programmes of daytime activities for non-residents. With a grant from the...
2 Mixed Ability Rowers out on the water
Jan 2019
  In 2018 Bradford Amateur Rowing Club created its first mixed ability squad as part of the Mixed Ability Sports Development Programme (MASDP) led by International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS) and funded by Sport England.  Mixed Ability Rowers trained and competed alongside able-...
Nov 2018
With a grant of £25,000 from the Peter Harrison Foundation the Seapoint Canoe Centre has been able to install a floating pontoon to help launch kayaks and canoes for young people to use on the Royal Military Canal behind the seafront in Folkestone. Previously boats had to be carried down...
Leo McCrea holding his 4 medals at the National Para-Swimming 2017 Championships at Manchester
Oct 2018
14 year old swimmer Leo McCrea topped off an extremely successful season by winning his first English Senior Gold Medal in the 50m Butterfly Final at the 'English National 2018 Championships'. He also reached the finals of three other events and won Bronze in the 100m Breastroke final. Earlier...