11,647 children and young people positively impacted

Access Sport is thrilled to unveil our Annual Review for 2022 – 2023.

This recap of our last year is full of updates about our ongoing efforts to make inclusion the norm in community sport, as well as key facts and figures.

In the last year, we have launched our Stand for Inclusion strategy, a new brand identity and delivered our vital work to over 11,600 disadvantaged and disabled young people. This is a significant uplift on the previous year’s figure of 8144 and is in line with our ambition to scale up our delivery and expand our reach as outlined in Stand For Inclusion – our 2022-2027 Growth Strategy.

Key figures from 2022/2023 include:

  • 11,647 children and young people positively impacted
  • 180 community sport clubs supported
  • 852 coaches and volunteers upskilled
  • 574 Young Leaders trained.

Rachel, a parent, said:

“The impact Access Sport has on us as a family is huge”.

In addition to this direct reach, we have also benefitted entire communities by activating two new, all-ability community cycling facilities in Bromley and Sheffield. We have also collaborated with several organisations, including Nuffield Heath, British Equestrian and the England and Wales Cricket Board, to deliver sustainable, long-term change within the sport and physical activity sector.

Throughout the review, you will also find inspiring stories showcasing the life-changing impact our work is having on individuals, communities and sport systems.

For example, you will get the opportunity to learn more about Redbridge Spitfires, our inclusive club of the year. Based in East London, this BMX club is an amazing example of a community with limited resources being able to adapt to include riders with a range of needs. By involving the riders in the decision-making throughout their development, club leaders, Nikki and Julian, have created a community hub that provides disadvantaged young people with the physical, social and emotional benefits of sport. To find out more about Redbridge please read the full review.

Helen Rowbotham, our Chief Executive, said:

"We are excited to publish our Annual Review for 2022-2023. Delivering a positive impact on individuals, communities and the sport system is at the heart of what we do. This review showcases this amazing work and our transformational impact on disadvantaged and disabled young people. Looking ahead, we will continue to deliver on our Stand for Inclusion strategy and pursue our ambitious growth targets. We remain as committed as ever to making inclusion the norm in community sport".

Read Access Sport's Annual Review 2022-2023