Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:03
Over 20 young people attended the first self-defence Satellite Club delivered by Tara Vachell from Focus Krav Maga in conjunction with SPACE, the LGBTQ+ charity on 29th November. The sessions take place at Bournemouth & Poole College (North Road) and are tailored to the suit the needs of the young SPACE members and focus towards promoting social inclusion and increasing an individual's self-confidence and acceptance.
Tara commented on her role as deliverer; "I have the huge privilege of teaching people how to defend themselves, and yet it's so much more. Helping people feel empowered and strong is my ultimate goal. Working with Space has already exceeded my expectations as the group are engaged, asking excellent questions and fully embracing this opportunity".
Active Dorset's Satellite Club programme, made possible by National Lottery funding via Sport England, helped to provide the opportunity for the young people and in attendance at the first session were representatives from both Sport England and Active Dorset. Andrew Liney, Children and Young People Manager for Sport England, highlighted; "I was incredibly impressed with the session. It was great to see what a positive difference SPACE are making to young people who otherwise may face too many barriers to being active".
During the session there is no pressure to actively participate in the physical element. All of the young members are encouraged to join in only if they feel comfortable in and even if an individual isn't physically involved, they can still be part of the session and can benefit from the inclusive and encouraging environment. Elena is usually too scared to go to new places therefore having these sessions held in her existing safe place puts her at ease. She mentioned that; "The self-defence sessions give me confidence that I'll always be able to protect myself in unsafe situations and that I can overcome barriers in the future to do more physical activity".
Eli Moore, Business Admin Apprentice at SPACE, helped coordinate the Satellite Club and he also spoke of the location being a key to success; "Having the sessions hosted during normal SPACE group meetings is massively beneficial for our young people, it means they're are quicker to engage and get involved as that layer of trust is already there."
The self-defence session is one of a number of initiatives that the County Sports Partnership intends to set up with SPACE over the next two years of the Satellite Club programme, which intends to engage under-represented groups through physical activity.