About Us

KEEN York is a volunteer run service, provided by students at the University of York, offering free interactive sports sessions for children who have Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (generally 3-11 years, but up to 16 years old). Siblings are also very welcome.

Our Sessions*

Sundays

1-2pm | Heslington West Dance Studio

Weekly sessions for children in the York community based at the University of York. Sessions include a range of activities including ‘old school’ playground and musical games and fitness focused sensory activities. With everything from musical bumps, to obstacle courses, to collaborations with Student Union societies such as trampolining, badminton and swimming, there is something for every child!

* Sessions only run in University term time.

“I think that KEEN helped her become more confident. She loves the sessions; it’s her opportunity to be active, to try something new, to have fun and also to be independent! She doesn’t consider volunteers as supporters or carers - they just play and have fun together!” - A KEEN York Parent.

Our Achievements

University of York Volunteering Awards 2018 | Winner

The Tab Society of the Year Awards 2018 (Disability) | Third place, including a mentoring day at Bloomberg HQ

Love York Awards 2017 | Highly Commended for Student Giving Group of                                           the Year

Love York Awards 2017 | Nominated for Student Giving Individual (Olivia                                            Donegan, Outreach Coordinator 2016-7)

University of York Volunteering Awards 2017 | Winner

Love York Awards 2016 | Nominated for Best Volunteer Group of the Year

Love York Awards 2015 | Winner of Best Volunteer of the Year (Brendan                                           Shea, Project Coordinator)

Love York Awards 2015 | Nominated for Best Volunteer Group of the Year

Love York Awards 2017

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