Sports and Activities

The Apuldram Centre is a hive of activity when it comes to sports and activities on offer for our trainees. The Centre incorporates cricket, football, pool, badminton, rounders, Pilates, walking and sailing opportunities to name a few. Furthermore, the WEA run  Drama, Music and Yoga courses to encourage the trainees to  express themselves in various forms.

Cricket – Apuldram are fortunate enough to receive cricket coaching at both Pagham Cricket club and the Arundel Castle ground indoor facilities throughout the year. Our cricketers attend weekly coaching sessions aimed at improving their co-ordination, communication, timing, accuracy and working together as part of a team.

Cricket Summer 2014

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Apuldram Cricket Team 2014

During the summer staff and trainees have the opportunity to go sailing on an 11 metre catamaran, The Spirit of Scott Bader. The day trip departs from Port Solent Marina and heads out across to the Isle of Wight.

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A small group enjoy the drama classes run by Francesca Byrne incorporating movement, dancing and rhythm. Trainees made their own costumes for their end-of-term performance, using large amounts of glitter and other resources.

The Making Music course is provided by the WEA for adults with learning disabilities and is run by music tutor Mike Fry. The course teaches participants a number of skills including keeping time, playing together, musical dynamics, following instructions, listening and mimicking patterns. The course uses a mix of musical instruments and digital technology, to create a range of dynamic sounds. Keyboards, percussion and electronic music on an iPhone, are utilised to create an array of vibrant and interesting sounds. Using the latest technology enables trainees to listen  to what they have produced.

Chris Robinson from the woodwork department also helps out with the music course which runs on a Monday afternoon. Chris has spent approximately 20 years working as a semi-pro musician, playing in a variety of venues and as a church organist. He has enjoyed passing on his knowledge and working with the trainees to experiment with various musical instruments.

The trainees have commented on how much they have enjoyed the sessions and can’t wait for the next one.