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A-Z of activities - C

Canoeing

Photograph of canoes

Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, from competition to journeying on rivers, reservoirs and coastal waters. Local clubs offer courses for beginners that teach the basic techniques and safety. The governing body focuses on a canoeist's ability rather than any disability and many regattas include events for people at different levels of proficiency.

More information on canoeing/kayaking

British Canoe Union
www.bcu.org.uk
Paddlesport for All
Part of the British Canoe Union
www.startpaddlesport.org.uk

Climbing

Photograph of a man climbing up a climbing wall

As well as being able to climb in areas of outstanding beauty such as the Lake District and the Peak District, there are now hundreds of climbing walls and towers across the country. The walls have slopes that vary in difficulty, providing a range of climbs to suit all abilities. These include easy angled scramblers for people with limited mobility. An alternative to climbing is abseiling. At some centres this is possible in a wheelchair, or you can leave your chair behind and 'hang free'.

Climbing up the wall with MS? - Open Door article

British Mountaineering Council
www.thebmc.co.uk
Calvert Trust
www.calvert-trust.org.uk

Cricket

Photograph of a cricketball and people in the background

WG Grace is considered to have played the biggest role in popularising the game of cricket. It is played at various levels from local village leagues through to county and test level. Local clubs usually have several teams of varying ability. If you want to be involved in the game but not as a player, you could act as scorer for a local team, or give up some time to help with the organisation and administration of the club.

England Cricket Board
www.ecb.co.uk
Play Cricket
www.play-cricket.com
British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities
www.bacd.co.uk

Cue Sports

Photograph of pool balls

Covers snooker, billiards and pool.

English Association for Snooker and Billiards
www.englishsnooker.com
English Pool Association
www.epa.org.uk


Curling (Wheelchair)

Photograph of a curling stone Photograph of a curling stone

Curling is a very strategic team game played on ice and involves sliding 'stones' towards a target. Players wear special non-slip footwear rather than skates and wheelchairs can be used on the ice. The rules of the wheelchair game are similar to those of the general game.

More information on wheelchair curling

Royal Caledonian Curling Club
Administers the game in the UK.
www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org


Cycling

Picture courtesy of Tim Snowdon/Sustrans Picture courtesy of Tim Snowdon/Sustrans

Cycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by almost everyone, whether it is local trips to work or the shops, family rides or cycling holidays. The National Cycle Network provides over 8000 miles of routes throughout the UK, one third of which are on paths free from traffic. The rest are on quiet lanes or traffic calmed roads in towns and cities. There is a wide variety of bikes available for those with mobility problems, including tandems, trikes, trailer bikes and recumbent cycles.

Adapted cycling schemes give more people the opportunity to try out different types of cycles. Most allow you to hire bikes for an hour or more. In Battersea and Dulwich Parks in London, you can hire conventional and adapted bikes so everyone can join in, and in Peterborough there's a range of adapted bikes available for use in the city's Nene Country Park as well as handcycling sessions on the athletics track.

More information on cycling

British Cycling
www.britishcycling.org.uk
Sustrans - The Sustainable Transport Charity
www.sustrans.org.uk
Tandem Cycling
www.tandem-club.org.uk
Cycling Projects - Wheels for All (adapted cycling schemes)
www.cycling.org.uk
Cycle Touring Club - Inclusive Cycling Directory
www.ctc.org.uk
London Recumbents (adapted bikes hire and sales)
www.londonrecumbents.com
Peterborough Adapted Cycling Club
www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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