‘The secret is belief. Belief in the youth, belief in myself and belief in my team.’
We are excited to be where we are in 2015 after some great fundraising results in 2014 which will help us to transform more young lives through sport, tackling the issues of inactivity, social inclusion, and obesity. The work we do could not have been done without the generous support of our fundraisers.
Due to your support, we had a successful 2014 in fundraising such as the Annual Dinner where we raised around £64,000 towards continuing to support the work we do here at Access Sport as well as the Olympic Velodrome Challenge where we raised over £10,000.
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.
On Monday 22nd September, the Pedro Club, one of Access Sport’s Doorstep clubs, based in the middle of three estates in Lower Clapton, hosted an event in celebration of the club receiving a brand new coach in honour of Jarvis Astaire OBE provided by the children’s charity Variety.
One of Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme clubs, Tower Hamlets BMX collected its third significant award in less than three years at the London Cycling Awards on Wednesday 16th July, 2014.
The Youth Sector Cycling Champion of the Year award recognises the wonderful contribution the club is making to encourage more young people to have a go and develop a lifelong love of cycling.
Every Monday, a small group of students from Oaklands Secondary School in Tower Hamlets take to the streets on their bikes accompanied by their P.E. teacher Dan Forde. These students are cycling to Bikeworks to participate in a 10-week BMX maintenance programme. The programme teaches the boys a whole range of things from information on tools and fundamental maintenance, to roadside repairs, to general bike safety.
On 31st May at Hyde Park Access Sport held its first Tri-3-Sportz event, supported by lead corporate supporter Threadneedle Investments.
“Swim it, ride it, run it” takes on a whole new life in the new and innovative Tri-3 Sportz Programme.
Tower Hamlets Tennis is one of Access Sport's Ignite partner clubs based in East London. The club recently ran a successful disability tennis festival at Bethnal Green Gardens. Despite a short rain delay, over 30 students from 3 schools in Tower Hamlets spent a sunny afternoon playing tennis with Tower Hamlets Tennis. Coach David, and all club volunteers, teachers and Access Sport staff ensured that the session was fun for people of any ability, from complete beginners to more experienced players.
On Thursday 3rd July 2014, Access Sport's Ignite Team held a pan-disability hockey tournament at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club. Between April and July Access Sport engaged ten schools in six hockey outreach sessions, providing over 130 young people the opportunity to play hockey under the guidance of expert coaches. To celebrate their achievements and newly learned hockey skills the schools came together on July 3rd to compete against each other in the first ever Ignite Disability Hockey Tournament.
A second opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic charity in Manchester and support us in our mission to transform the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities through sport. Now is a very exciting time to work in disability inclusion in sport, and this is a fantastic chance to make a profoundly positive difference in the lives of young disabled people, whilst working for an expanding charity at the forefront of using sport for social change.