Most people will have seen Adam’s face across our Access Sport social media; whether that is volunteering to upskill the future Ignite inclusive leaders through our Ignite Inclusive Manual or running the S-Factor inclusive athletics session down in Lewisham.

This autumn, Adam was recognised for his contribution to inclusive sport, in particular athletics and the S-Factor Academy. In October, Adam was nominated for the London Regional Inclusive Award. For those who do not know, S-Factor is the only inclusive athletics club within Lewisham that offers regular sport and physical activity to young disabled people and their families in the local area.

Adam launched S-Factor in 2013, and has been down at Ladywell Arena every Saturday for the past 5 years. Access Sport’s Ignite programme has supported Adam and S-Factor to grow from just 5 athletes, to engaging over 250 young disabled people and their families into athletics. As well as the regular club sessions, Adam also runs holiday schemes, providing activities during the busy summer holidays; ensuring young disabled people are still physically active outside of the school time.

Along with coaching the S-Factor athletes, Adam mentors young disabled people to be Leaders; inspiring the next generation of inclusive coaches. Adam’s fantastic S-Factor team consists of all volunteers; including 5 young leaders.

It was great to see Adam be recognised for his contributions to inclusive sport in London by winning the England Athletics Regional Inclusion Award for the capital. This meant Adam was shortlisted for the National Volunteer Awards, celebrating volunteers from across the country who support athletics. Adam fought off tough competition but left the awards ceremony triumphant, winning the National Inclusion Award! The team at Access Sport are so proud and pleased to see Adam and S-Factor Academy recognised for their efforts for inclusion in athletics, Adam truly deserves it!

To learn more about the Ignite programme, and how you can be involved and volunteer to support more young disabled people be active please contact [email protected]