"Now we've been given help by Access Sport, that was our saviour".
Former halfpipe pro BMXer Mike Mullen visits Access Sport’s satellite club in Southwark
Access Sport helped provide inclusive sports to SEN students during their sports week with several of the Ignite clubs – iDID Climbing, Cotham Park Tennis and All Aboard providing opportunities around the city. Students got the chance to try a variety of activities with a pathway to continue to regular club sessions out of school. It also gave parents the chance to talk to club leaders about the activities and sport they provide and also watch their children excel in activities, highlighting that many had skills and ability that could be developed further.
Access Sport in partnership with Bristol Sport, Bristol Rugby and GB Wheelchair Rugby, continue to break down barriers through the development of a new wheelchair rugby club. Taster sessions for both youth and adult have taken place at Merchants Academy, Bristol over the past few months on a Thursday evening – youth session 7-8.30pm and adults 8.30-10pm
On Wednesday 13th July, 19 young volunteers came together to make a difference to their local community youth club - 'Pedro Youth Club'. The fantastic volunteers were grouped together by the National Citizenship Service, an organisation looking to inspire young people from different backgrounds to work together and build a more inclusive society for the future.
In partnership with the London Youth Games, Access Sport piloted the Para BMX race class in 2015 for riders with additional needs/disabilities to run alongside the mainstream competition.
On Friday the 27th of May 10-year-old Daniel and his father Steven embarked on a week-long cycling trip. The 368 mile long journey spanned the length of the South-West from Bristol all the way to Land’s End in Cornwall, a remarkable distance for even an experienced cyclist! Not only was the length of the trip astonishing, but also Daniel’s generosity and thoughtfulness – he embarked on this cycling challenge to fundraise for Access Sport!
On the 8th of June, Access Sport welcomed over 100 young disabled people and young leaders to the Copper Box Arena for the first annual Ignite event, which aims to create a positive sporting legacy for disabled children and young people.
Access Sport hosted 8 different schools from neighbouring boroughs including Charlton Park Academy, Eastbrook High, Beatrice Tate, George Greens, Stormont House, Swanlea, Highshore, and Trinity school.
Bright and early on Sunday 12th June, Kate, Tess and I (Ailish) from our Access Sport London team headed into the hustle & bustle of Leeds City Centre, where title sponsor Columbia Threadneedle proudly hosted the World Triathlon Leeds.
There was a tangible buzz in the city as thousands of novice and amateur triathletes took to the same race course that the Elite Professionals would later be racing on. Columbia Threadneedle hosted their Corporate entry over the sprint distance on Sunday morning, with 38 teams each of varying abilities, going head to head…
Annie Sidgwick, Team GB’s Over 65 Triathlete, has become one of S-Factor’s newest fundraisers. Annie, mum of S-Factor Academy volunteer Niki, ran the Hastings Half Marathon on March 20th. Annie decided to run the half marathon to fundraise for the inclusive athletics club after hearing about the great work of S-Factor through her daughter Niki. Niki and her wife Rhona, have been volunteering for S-Factor since September 2015.