Spotlight on Birtenshaw Gym and Activities Instructor Daniel Bird

Some people may not look forward to going to the gym. It can be daunting to enter a brightly-lit room full of fitness equipment and people who seem to know how to use it. The average gym can sometimes feel intimidating, and some gyms are also not fully accessible. Birtenshaw Gym was established so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy sport and physical activity.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to someone who really enjoys sport and physical activity, Birtenshaw’s Gym and Activities Instructor, Dan Bird. Dan ensures that everything he does is about making sport and physical activity accessible to everyone.


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Dan has a First Class Honours degree in Sport Coaching and School Sport and began his sporting career by volunteering at the age of 15 as an assistant coach for Bury Council’s Physical and Activity Service. Daniel was a 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer, nominated as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2008 and 2012 for Bury, received the Prestwich Special Recognition Award in 2013 and was awarded the ‘Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year’ in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He is currently a Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training Mentor – see his video here .


Daniel was diagnosed with autism at the age of four and also has a receptive and expressive language disorder. He said in a recent interview with Network Autism that:


I believe engaging in physical activity improves our physical and mental well-being. In a supportive environment, inclusive/team sports could help autistic people become more confident and help develop their social skills.


Dan is fully supportive of Birtenshaw’s view that sport and physical activity is accessible to everyone. Look out for news on how the Birtenshaw Gym is being used and developed.

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