This partnership is instrumental in driving our ongoing mission to make inclusion the norm in community sport.

After one year of our renewed partnership with the London Marathon Foundation, Access Sport has made an unprecedented impact through our cycling and basketball programmes.

By working collaboratively, we have supported more young people than ever before, ensuring they can enjoy the life-changing benefits of inclusive community sport.

Those benefits include physical health and wellbeing, life skills and prospects, a sense of belonging and community engagement.

Over the last year together we have:

  • Employed seven new members of staff in our cycling and basketball teams to provide hands-on support for community sport clubs
  • Supported over 130 cycling and basketball clubs via our network of inclusive clubs
  • Launched new cycling and basketball facility projects in Bristol and London
  • Grown our strategic partnerships with basketball and cycling organisations, including British Cycling and Basketball England.

You can see a full recap of this partnership’s progress below.

Commenting on the weekly session, a parent at Stockwood Bike Club, said: 

“The world’s electrical … everything’s Nintendo Switch and iPhones and things like that … so they come out, and they see somebody they’ve never seen before, and they talk to each other there’s communication there, whereas they don’t get that if they’re at home.”

Adrian, a basketball coach in London, said: 

“I love the feeling you get from being able to give a feeling. So, to be able to distribute a feeling of confidence, empowerment, self-esteem, and togetherness, all underlined by fun is vitally important and that’s personally what makes me really proud to do what I do, and to be able to do this in a community that I would consider myself a part of is what I love the most.”

Helen Rowbotham, the CEO of Access Sport said:

"Our ongoing partnership with the London Marathon Foundation is a brilliant example of how the sector can work collaboratively to achieve shared goals. By combining our strengths, we’ve reached over 2500 disabled and disadvantaged young people, helping them access the transformational benefits of sport and change their lives for the better. We look forward to working together in the future to support even more young people who are currently excluded from community sport”.

Nick Bitel, London Marathon Group CEO said:

“It’s great to be able to look back at what Access Sport and London Marathon Foundation achieved by working in partnership across the last year. Together we’ve continued to grow inclusive cycling opportunities across the UK and developed inclusive basketball activities. Creating safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces for children and young people from underserved communities to be active outside of school is so important. It improves their physical and mental wellbeing, and is part of our vision of inspiring activity for all regardless of age, ability or background.”

Going forward, this partnership will grow and we’ll continue delivering our shared objectives in a truly inclusive way. Together, we will enable more young people to experience the transformational benefits of being active.

We are grateful for all the support and funding the London Marathon Foundation has given and continues to provide over the upcoming years!

For more information on our programmes, please click the links below.

Changing Sports – Cycling >  

Changing Sports Basketball >