"Now we've been given help by Access Sport, that was our saviour".
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.
On the 28th of April, Access Sport welcomed more than 70 guests to Ashton Gate Stadium to launch the second phase of the Ignite Programme, building inclusive sport into community clubs to transform the lives of disabled young people and their families.
This launch marked the beginning of the Ignite Programme’s second phase in Bristol, during which Access Sport will work with GB Wheelchair Rugby and Bristol Rugby to develop the City’s very first inclusive community and wheelchair rugby club.
For those of you who do not know what Boccia is;
'Boccia is an attack and defend game, with two sides competing over a set number of ends. The aim is to score as many points as possible by placing their set of coloured balls closest to the white jack ball'
Last week saw the launch of the first Goalball London club, and it was a great success! Goalball UK is working in partnership with Access Sport to engage young people with visual impairments into this new and exciting sport.
On Saturday 26th March 2016, Matthew Dawson, and his friend Graham Nye, completed an incredible 125 mile canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshere all the way to Westminster London. The amazing feat took them over 30 hours non-stop to complete and navigated a whopping 77 locks along the way.
The College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London has been working with the Ignite programme to improve the sporting opportunities for their young disabled students.