We are grateful to players of People Postcode Lottery. Your support will be a game-changer in the coming years!

Today Access Sport celebrates funding thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery which will support our ongoing mission to make inclusion the norm in community sport.

This award of £300,000 will enable thousands of disabled children and young people to participate in inclusive sport through our Changing Sports and Changing Places programmes. With this funding, we will be able to reach more than 5,000 disabled young people in 2024 alone.

This partnership is driven by a shared objective of improving the health of communities by encouraging and inspiring participation in sport. By combining forces, we will not only improve disabled young people’s physical health and well-being; but also create stronger communities where young people have better life prospects and more opportunities for positive social interactions. This collaboration will be a real force for positive change.

Helen Rowbotham, Access Sport CEO said 

“Support like this is crucial for Access Sport, without it, we simply wouldn’t have the same impact. So, on behalf of all the young people we support, we would like to say thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This funding will allow us to scale up Changing Sports and Changing Places programmes this year, positively impacting thousands of disabled young people. This work will unlock tangible benefits for these young people, including physical health and well-being, personal development and a sense of belonging.” 

On top of scaling our existing programmes, this funding will also allow us to:

  • Expand our cycling programme into Glasgow, ensuring as many disabled young people as possible get to learn to ride a bike 
  • Develop our reach in Sheffield, working to empower more disabled and disadvantaged young people through sport
  • Grow our disability inclusion programmes across London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham to provide community clubs with more hands-on support, training and equipment than ever before.

Our target demographic includes 50% female, 35% from ethnically diverse communities, and 55% from the 20% most deprived areas of the UK. These young people will engage with our programmes through direct outreach or by joining community clubs we support.

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

Changing Sports >

Changing Places >