'All their lives some kids, they’re told they’re never going to achieve anything’
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.
An 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.
On Saturday 19th April (Easter weekend) Peckham BMX Club will be hosting the first ever race event at the track featuring local radio DJs and BMX riders to compete to win the BMX Radio Challenge trophy.
Frenchay Falcons, one of the Ignite Programme’s partner clubs in Bristol, recently ran a ‘School Ability Cricket’ day at the University of the West of England’s sports hall. Approximately 100 young people from SEN schools across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset flocked to the hall to take part in a fun filled day of cricket, inclusive of all abilities.
Urging others to step back from the vicious cycle of crime and a constant struggle to remain in education; Shane Francis, an 18 year old from Stockwell, found a passion for BMX through Peckham BMX Club, one of the BMX Legacy Project’s partner clubs, which has significantly helped to calm his frustrations and redirect his energy to his potential Olympic success…