The Penguin Sports Foundation provides therapeutic activity in the form of aquatic physiotherapy and accessible sport for children with physical disabilities in North Devon and beyond.


We run a heavily subsidised service, however if you are struggling to access our activities due to financial constraints please get in touch.

Hydrotherapy Programme | The Penguin Club

The Penguin Club is a provision of heavily subsidised hydrotherapy sessions led by a qualified children’s physiotherapist. It offers children 10 weekly sessions followed by a further 5 sessions delivered fortnightly.

All sessions will be carried out on Wednesdays and Fridays at The Woodland Clinic, Venn Mines Rd, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4BZ. The child’s family will be responsible for getting the child to and from the treatment centre for their sessions.

'Selection criteria'

  • Children living in the North Devon area with a neuromuscular condition or physical disability.
  • Children aged 2-16.
  • Children who have no other access to a hydrotherapy pool.
  • Willing to provide parental and child feedback following sessions.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic treatment that involves moving and exercising in water. It is the combination of the effects of immersion and exercise and therefore further benefits are those associated with general exercise. This is achieved through the utilisation of the properties of water, including warmth and buoyancy.

What are the benefits?

Water is a medium in which many disabled people achieve total independence and can compete with their able-bodied counterparts on equal terms. The social and psychological impact can be considerable. The ability to be independent in water, to achieve skills that may be difficult or impossible on land, can only have favourable and lasting psychological effects. This will boost confidence and morale, and these can be carried over into life on land.

The physical benefits include:

  • Non-weight bearing exercise - Gravity is countered by buoyancy;
  • Relief from pain, swelling and stiffness - Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure;
  • High water temperatures promote muscle relaxation and decreased muscle spasm;
  • Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs) and improvement in exercise tolerance;
  • Muscle strengthening, maintenance & restoration due to the greater resistance in water;
  • Increased range of motion of affected joints;
  • Improved circulation;
  • Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better;
  • Increased metabolic rate and digestion activity;
  • Hydration of the cells, improving skin and muscle tone;
  • Improved function of the internal organs by stimulating their blood supply;
  • The re-education of paralysed muscles;
  • The encouragement of functional activities;
  • The maintenance and improvement of balance, co-ordination and posture;
  • Independent standing to walking in water.



We have started a brand new hydrotherapy drop in after school club. Sessions are £5 each and are being held at 'Calvert Trust'. Contact us for more information.


North Devon Frame Running Club

The Frame Running Club runs every Thursday, 5 - 6.30pm. This is held at the North Devon Athletics Club, Wrafton Road, Braunton, North Devon, EX33 2BT. For more info email us.

What is Frame Running?

The activity of Frame Running, formerly known as RaceRunning, is unique in what it can enable some disabled people to achieve and that is to RUN! In many cases, this means people who cannot walk independently or even at all, moving at speed with their own feet and of their own volition! Sound incredible? And it is – it’s something to witness. You cannot imagine what this sport means to those who participate. The Running Frame, simply described, is a three wheeled frame with a saddle, body support and most notably, no pedals. The rider finds a running/propulsion style suitable for them and the result is a sensation of speed, exhilaration and freedom!

The Frame Running Club works in Partnership with North Devon Athletics Club to provide weekly Frame Running. All Equipment is provided.

The Frame Running Club use Momentum Mobility as their supplier and currently have 10 Petra Race running frames funded in sizes 1-5. The club also have 2 racing wheelchairs.

The Frame Running Club work with CP Sport and CPISRA to help promote their services and the development of Frame Running.

What are the benefits?

'Key Benefits'

  • Contributes to normal bone development through partial weight bearing;
  • For many, this is the only ‘cardio’ exercise possible;
  • Psychosocial benefits, peer interaction, independent movement and a fun form of physiotherapy;
  • Ability to experience the sensation of running, leading to endorphin release;
  • Increased spatial awareness and coordination;
  • Several studies have shown a significant improvement to bone density in children with Cerebral Palsy after only a short period of using a Frame Runner.