Activities for autistic children

Disability sport activities in Bristol

Autism swimming lesson

Here are some disability sport activities for children and young people with autism, HFA, Aspergers and related conditions in Bristol and surrounding areas. Please contact the individual organisers for more information.

Bristol Council Disability Sport Offering
Information about the Council’s partnerships with various clubs to provide inclusive sport opportunities.
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Access Sport’s Ignite Programme
The Ignite Programme is an innovative programme aimed at engaging more young disabled people into sport. It is part of Access Sport’s wider Legacy Programme, aiming to ensure that there is a lasting positive effect from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Age range: 14-25
Address: Various, mostly Bristol
Telephone: Patrick Hopkins – 0207 993 9883
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All-Aboard! Watersports for The Disabled
We work to enable disabled people of all ages to participate in watersports. We are a registered RYA Sailability Centre and Sailability Centre of Excellence. To ensure that we meet the exacting standards of the Royal Yachting Association, we are inspected annually. We are a paddleability centre and offer assisted rowing.
Age range: Eight and upwards
Telephone: 0117 929 0801
Address: Baltic Wharf, Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road
Bristol BS1 6XG
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Autistic Football
A weekly session for young autistic people, male and female, between 10-16 years old. A fun session working on fitness, social skills and team work through the theme of football. Supported by qualified disability coaches and volunteers. Based at St Paul’s Academy Bristol in the hall providing a safe and relaxed environment for players to enjoy and develop.
Age range: 10-16
Address: St Paul’s Academy, Newfoundland Road, Bristol BS2 9NH
Telephone: Julia Williams – 07795 446129
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Avon Riding Centre for The Disabled
Avon Riding Centre (ARC) provides the positive experience and proven therapeutic benefits of horse riding to hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of complex special needs each year. We work with people living with over 30 different forms of mental and physical special needs.
Age range: Four and upwards
Telephone: 0117 959 0266
Address: Kings Weston Road, Henbury BS10 7QT
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Axis Trampoline Club
Trampolining has been shown to help with a wide range of sensory, developmental and physical disabilities. Sessions teach the fundamentals of trampolining and how to build strength, control and flexibility. Sessions are fun and active with different movements and skills.
Telephone: 07553 187 846
Address: Unit 14, Liberty Industrial Park, South Liberty Lane,
Bedminster BS3 2SU
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Bristol Climbing Centre
This is a top indoor climbing facility with an on-site cafe. It caters for skill levels from complete beginner to national champions. Climbs up to 12m high plus 1st class bouldering area.
It’s open for individuals, families, children, clubs, and any age from six. They have experience of dealing with autistic people and other conditions and disabilities.
Age range: Six and over
Address: St Werburgh’s Church, Mina Road, Bristol BS2 9YT
Telephone: 01179 083489
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Bristol Hawks Autism-friendly Basketball
This session is designed to allow young autistic people and their friends or siblings to play basketball. The session is coached by a coach who has a good knowledge of autism. Sunday mornings from 10am-11am.
Age range: 8-17
Address: St Bedes Catholic College, Lawrence Weston
Telephone: Danny James 07913 326190

Flamingo Chicks Inclusive Dance School
Flamingo Chicks is an inclusive dance class where all youngsters can spread their wings. It gives disabled children the opportunity to explore movement and have fun alongside their friends.
Age range: Five and over
Address: Various, but mainly at Sefton Park Primary School
Telephone: 01179 739 019
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Gymtastic classes are carefully designed to provide a safe, friendly and fun environment to enable your child to learn gymnastic skills. While not specifically aimed at children with additional needs, they have experience of and welcome autistic children.
Telephone: 01179 109 820
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iDID Activity Club
iDID encourage disabled individuals to get involved in new and exciting sports on a regular basis. They believe that anybody can take part in adventure sports, regardless of disability, and always do their best to adapt the sport to meet your child’s needs.
A committed team of volunteers work closely with your child, supporting them as they take on new challenges and reach their full potential. Starting with rock climbing, the club aims to provide a variety of adventure sports to the local community.
Age range: 14+ but email them for more information as they are very accommodating
Address: Redpoint Climbing Centre, 40 Winterstoke Road, Bedminster BS3 2NW
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Kodachi Special Needs Judo Club
Judo for people with both physical and learning difficulties. Club is open to all, but the safety of all participants has to be considered therefore any new members are assessed.
Address: The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville BS3 1QG
Telephone: Paul Beasant – 07971 908 686
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Seals Starfish Swimming Club
Seals Starfish Club provides fun swimming for families with children and young people with disabilities. This club is located at the Starfish Hydrotherapy Pool, Claremont School, Henleaze, Bristol.
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Super Swimmers Academy
The NAS Bristol Branch are running this scheme to help autistic children learn to swim.
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Whitchurch Dragons Football
Whitchurch Dragons is a football team for children with additional needs that trains on Saturday mornings from 10am-11am.
Age range: 6-11, both boys and girls
Address: South Bristol Sports Centre, West Town Lane, Whitchurch BS14 9EA
Telephone: Dean Gingell – 07855 446 919
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