About Access Sport CIO

Access Sport CIO is a charity that uses the power of sport to enhance the life prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people living in deprived inner city areas of the UK. We believe every young person should have access to the developmental and health benefits of sport and every community should have a thriving, inclusive and sustainable sporting offer.

To achieve this, we develop community sports clubs, equipping local volunteers with the skills and capacity to provide transformational development opportunities for young people, irrespective of their background or ability. By developing local clubs into thriving, sustainable, locally-owned community assets, our work not only changes young lives but also enhances entire communities economically and environmentally. And by connecting clubs together and sharing what we have learned more widely we are able to foster whole new ‘movements-for-change’, such as our London-wide BMX movement and our growing Flyerz hockey movement.

In 2016-17 we worked with 143 clubs in London, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford, engaging over 10,000 beneficiaries of whom 44% were disabled, 37% were female and 50% were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

Underpinning this we have an annual turnover of £1.2m which includes a number of strategic grants from funders such as Sport England alongside a growing portfolio of corporate and private sector support and a successful annual fundraising gala – ‘A Question of Access Sport’. Helping us achieve our success are a number of sporting Ambassadors including Greg Searle MBE, Jordanne Whiley MBE, Tre Whyte, Quillan Isidore, Gail Emms MBE, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Helen Richardson Walsh MBE and Sir Chris Hoy.


New Trustees 

As we seek to further our growth and impact we are looking for up to four additional Trustees who share our passion and commitment and who have the skills, knowledge and experience to support excellent governance and oversight of our newly emerging strategy.

We value diversity of perspective and lived experience and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and fields. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals who represent or have a strong lived understanding of our target beneficiary groups i.e. young disabled people, young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and young women and girls.

We welcome applications both from those who have previous direct experience of Board level governance and those who do not. The role is unpaid but immensely rewarding in terms of the positive impact of our work on young people’s lives.