Adapted bikes are available to hire.

North Derbyshire Disability Sport Network

Background to the network

Welcome to the North Derbyshire Disability Sport Network (NDDSN). The group was set up in 2004 as a local group of both professionals and volunteers from across Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, who develop sport and recreational opportunities for and with people who have disabilities.

Following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London we have seen a big increase in the number of disabled people asking about opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity. The three local councils in North Derbyshire are working together to provide a better level of service.

Membership of the network

Membership to the group is open to include individuals, local authorities, clubs, Derbyshire Sport, school sports partnerships, community and volunteer agencies and any other agencies who may wish to support the aims and objectives of the group.

Aims and objectives


  • To increase opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and physical activity at whatever level, by working in partnership with different agencies.


  • To increase levels of participation and range of opportunities for all disabled people
  • To promote information sharing and exchange, and to encourage both disabled people and those working within disability sport, to network and benefit from the experience of others
  • To develop links with clubs and encourage the clubs to develop more inclusive activities

To get in touch with the network contact Gill Hawketts or call 07808 173391

Inclusive clubs

Chesterfield FC Community Trust

The Community Trust have been offering football coaching for many years; firstly as Football in the Community and since 2010 as the registered charity.

They use skills and expertise in sports development, sports coaching and education to provide a quality and varied programme of sports and activities. Activities include their disability football coaching sessions.

Click here to find out more about the Community Trust.

Chesterfield Inclusive Cycling Hub

The centre's experienced staff provide training and guidance on using the adapted bikes. They can train to Bikeability standards if required or simply help riders to get mobile under their own power!

There are some free 'turn up and ride' sessions available during the summer months on a Friday afternoon. Normally a maximum of 8 riders can take part in a session; individual sessions can also be arranged on a 1:1 basis.

Click here to find out more information.

Chesterfield Sabres

The Sabres is a Learning Disability Basketball session at Chesterfield College run by DO Sport UK in partnership with Special Olympics Derbyshire. Sessions run on Tuesdays 5-6pm.

Click here to find out more.

Chesterfield Boccia

A community boccia session is run at Queens Park Sport Centre on Wednesday evenings. For more details contact Gill Hawketts on or 07808 173391.

Young people provision

Representatives from Stubbin Wood School in Shirebrook and Ashgate Croft School in Chesterfield are members of the NDDSN. Both schools strive to offer additional sport and physical activity opportunities for their students.

Click here for more information on inclusive school sport in Derbyshire.

TOP Sportsability

TOP Sportsability is an inclusive activities programme aiming to:

  • Provide physical activity and sport options for young people with high support needs.
  • Create a vehicle for the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled young people together.
  • Provide a basic introduction to a wide range of sports and activities in support of the School Games programme.

Click here for more information.

Project Ability

Project Ability is a nationwide project coordinated and supported via the Youth Sport Trust (YST), with funding coming from the Department of Education.

Its focus is to coordinate and develop opportunities for children with special educational needs across each of the counties working in partnership with a hub site (school) which acts as a catalyst to develop special educational needs in PE.

The central hub in Derbyshire is Brookfield School in Chesterfield via the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership

Chesterfield College

A key focus of the sport and physical activity programme at Chesterfield College is promoting opportunities for disabled students.

By targeting groups of students in Foundation Studies, an area of the College that offers entry level courses for young people with a wide range of support needs, learning difficulties and disabilities, there is the opportunity to allow disabled students the chance to get involved in bespoke sports sessions.

Click here for more information about sport and Chesterfield College.