Ignite Programme


What is the Ignite Programme?

Access Sport's Ignite Programme pilot phase was launched in 2011 to engage more disabled young people into sport in 5 London Boroughs. The Ignite Programme is part of Access Sport's wider Legacy Programme aiming to ensure that there is a lasting positive effect from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In April 2013 Access Sport launched Phase 1 of the Ignite Programme funded by Sport England's Inclusive Sport Fund. From April 2013 - April 2015 in London, Bristol and Manchester Ignite engaged over 5,300 young disabled people, up-skilled over 320 new disability specific coaches and volunteers, up-skilled 94 young people, supported a total of 109 community clubs and won several awards.


Phase 2 of the Ignite Programme launched in September 2015 after receiving two grant awards from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund and The BT Sport Supporters Club. The Ignite Programme is now made up of two projects, both of which aim to effectively engage disabled young people into sport. The Supporters Club project not only aims to engage disabled young people into sport, but also has a strong emphasis on using sport to support their personal development through life and employment skills training. There is currently a gap in provision for developing inclusive volunteer led clubs that work to improve health, employment and social prospects for young disabled people in disadvantaged communities where the need is greatest.


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  • Winner of the Pro-Active London Inclusive and Active Champion of the Year 2013 Award
  • Winner of the England Hockey Club of the Season 2013
  • Winner of the England Hockey Volunteer of the Season 2013
  • Awarded RYA Centre of Excellence for partner club Sailability 2014
  • Somerset FA community award for Development Club of the Year 2014
  • Gloucestershire FA Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award 2014
  • Winner of the Waltham Forest Inclusive Sport Project of the Year 2014 Award
  • Team of the Year in the Sports & Healthy Living Category 2014 Award

Why is Access Sport running this programme?

Far fewer disabled people take part in sport than non-disabled people, particularly in disadvantaged areas. The reason for this is that there are additional psychological, logistical and physical barriers to participation for disabled people. This programme will strive to provide long term solutions to as many of these barriers as possible.

The main reason for running this programme is to get more young disabled people into sport so that they can realise the benefits that participation brings at an early age, and hope that this participation becomes a habit that is continued in later life. Community sports clubs have huge potential to help but lack the confidence, skills and resources to deliver. The Ignite Programme addresses this by motivating and upskilling volunteers, embedding disability sections into the DNA of community clubs, and by connecting clubs with disabled people’s organisations and special schools.

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Access Sport is always looking for people that want to get involved in our award-winning project. Whether that is volunteering at a club, becoming a qualified coach, or supporting at events there is a place for everyone and we'd love to hear from you.

Please call 020 7993 9883 or email ignite@accesssport.org.uk if you’d like to find out more.


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