Boccia Event Gateshead

SMILE Through Sport would like to invite you all to their come and try Boccia taster event in Gateshead! Come along and get involved whether it’s your first time playing the sport or if you’re a regular Boccia player practice your skills. There will be different challenge skills games and Boccia games being played throughout the[…]


Sport After Stroke

SMILE Through Sport have worked closely with the Stroke Association in the North East for the past two years providing stroke survivors opportunities to find their competitive spirit through introductory sports. Several stroke groups from Bishop Auckland, Washington, Sunderland, South Shields and Gateshead have accessed our Start to SMILE project, where we provide 8 weeks[…]


School Sport Festivals 2016

On the back of a successful summer of sport at the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, SMILE Through Sport organised their own sport festivals for North East schools and colleges to attend. The sport festivals took place at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields and Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Durham in October. Local schools and colleges were[…]


Those that now SMILE!

The Start to SMILE project has been up and running for over two years and we now approach our 3rd year of the Sport England funding. During the first two years, we have met, interacted and engaged with a high number and wide range of individuals, groups and organisations. Over 2,500 people have accessed new sport[…]



In partnership with Durham County Cricket Board, the Start to SMILE project delivered our first block of cricket session, then rounding it off with our first friendly cricket tournament. The project offered six weeks of cricket coaching sessions, from a Durham County Cricket coach, to four groups in the Durham area throughout July and August.[…]


Gareth Brown Wins Unsung Sporting Champion Award

Our disability sports coach Gareth Brown was named ‘Unsung Sporting Champion’ at ncjMedia’s Chronicle Champions awards ceremony held at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle last Thursday night. Gareth,  who has cerebral palsy, has dedicated large amounts of his free time to helping other disabled people take part in sport by volunteering with SMILE the past[…]