Access Sport: Transforming Lives Through Sport

Founded in 2004 Access Sport is a dynamic charity whose mission is to give more children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport.  We look to harness the proven power of sport to tackle social exclusion, inactivity and obesity in areas where help is most needed. We achieve this through empowering the inspirational community volunteers who set up and run local sports clubs with cash, expert advice and networking to help create thriving clubs which get more people positively engaged.


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Founded
in
2004
Access
Sport
is
a
charity
whose
mission
is
to
give
more
children
in
disadvantaged
areas
access
to
a
wide
range
of
quality
local
sport.
We
harness
the
proven
power
of
sport
to
tackle
social
exclusion,
inactivity,
and
obesity
in
areas
where
help
is
most
needed.
We
achieve
this
by
empowering
the
inspirational
community
volunteers
who
set
up
and
run
local
sports
clubs
with
cash,
expert
advice
and
networking
to
help
create
thriving
clubs
which
get
more
young
people
positively
engaged.
With
central
and
local
government
budgets
for
sport
and
youth
services
being
cut
our
involvement
is
ever
more
relevant.
Access
Sport
is
working
to
provide
a
tangible
legacy
in
The
Olympic
Host
Boroughs
of
East
London
and
in
Bristol
in
communities
where
childhood
obesity
and
poverty
remain
the
highest
in
the
country.
Our
overall
programme
is
to
develop
75
clubs
(50
in
London
and
25
in
Bristol)
by
2013
helping
transform
young
lives
on
the
ground
and
to
have
broader
impact
by
creating
blueprints
for
successful
‘new
model’
clubs
in
deprived
urban
areas
Update from the Ignite Team in Bristol
On 31 October 2014, 30 young people ranging from the ages of 2 to 16 years old living with amputations participated in a very fun and exciting event run by the Access Sport’s Ignite Team Bristol in partnership with the Meningitis Research Foundation and Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
The “Pushing the Boundaries” event which took place at Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground brought parents and children together to participate in a day filled with activities and group talks to share their experience, listen to experiences from other amputees affected by meningitis.
Credit to Giulietta Verdon-Roe and the Meningitis Research Foundation for the photos
The Access Sport Ignite team offered sporting opportunities such as boccia, football, curling, cricket, tennis, and relay races among other activities.  The kids had such an amazing time during the activities and the day itself has been described as “full of excitement and enthusiasm” by kids and parents on the day.
The event showcased the great work being done by the Ignite Team in Bristol to transform the lives of young people through sport.  The Bristol team did such a fantastic job running the sporting activities for the children it had one coach comment in writing, “Just writing to thank you for the opportunity to participate in an amazing day.  It was my privilege to be a part of it!”
Credit to Giulietta Verdon-Roe and the Meningitis Research Foundation for the photos
The Meningitis Research Foundation also wanted to share their appreciation for our support, “Thank you so much [Access Sport] for supporting our amputee support day on Friday.  We have had so many positive comments about all of the coaches from the children and parents who attended.  They all had an amazing time thanks to you!”
Overall, it was an inspiring and rewarding experience for everyone from the children and coaches at the event who enjoyed every minute of it!  Thank you to the Meningitis Research Foundation for hosting the event and we hope to work with you in the future to provide more sporting opportunities for young people!
Contact Julia at Julia.williams@accesssport.org.uk if you would like to find out more about our disability inclusive sessions in Bristol.

Check out the update from the Ignite Team Bristol on an event they helped run in partnership with the Meningitis Research Foundation!

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