Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is proud to be Principal Corporate Partner of Access Sport. 

At Columbia Threadneedle, we view philanthropy as investment in the future, with returns measured not in pounds but rather lives impacted and transformed. Columbia Threadneedle Foundation invests in the community by partnering with charities that share our goals and values. An approach that not only delivers improvement to individual lives, but brings long-term benefit to the community by helping address critical social issues and drive lasting social change.

We have partnered with Access Sport since 2013. Over the next three years our support will allow Access Sport to enable 1,000 disadvantaged young people to develop the core physical literacy skills of running, cycling and swimming. Our funding will specifically enable inactive teenagers to become active and enjoy one or more of these sports, benefitting from lifestyle and health improvements. 


SEGA Europe came on board as Access Sport's Official Gaming Partner

At the end of 2015, SEGA embarked on a formal partnership with Access Sport, having supported our 'A Question of Access Sport Dinner for a number of years.

SEGA have since raised significant funds through various initiatives, including the popular Humble Bundle, enabling us to continue giving many more children and young people, living in inner city areas, the chance to enjoy and benefit from access to quality local community sport. 

Furthermore, this summer, the Access Sport team were thrilled to be shortlisted and then voted as a GamesAid charity, receiving an incredible £23,680. 


In spring 2016, PSD Recruitment and Access Sport launched their charitable partnership. 

The PSD team have got stuck into various fundraising activities over the years, such as holding an office bake sale, participating in our L'Etape London by Le Tour de France cycle sportive, and supporting our 'A Question of Access Sport' Annual Dinner. Most recently the team held a raffle at their office Christmas Party, raising a fantastic £2,200 and enjoyed a delicious international lunch raising a further £233! 

The team have also generously donated their time in a voluntary capacity, carrying out track maintenance work at the Hammersmith BMX track. Furthermore, this winter, PSD will head down to one of the clubs supported by Access Sport's Social Inclusion Programme to deliver CV writing/ interview technique workshops for our young beneficiaries. 



After first attending our 'A Question of Access Sport' Annual Dinner in 2015, Smith & Williamson's London team have gone on to support our work in a number of ways...

Each year we host 3-4 'Influencer Dinners' for key business people, sporting Ambassadors and inspirational volunteers. In June 2016 Smith & Williamson kindly hosted an Olympic themed evening at their offices, with their catering team creating a very impressive Olympic themed dinner! Olympic Gold Medallists Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh attended alongside former captain of the wheelchair rugby team Steve Brown as we updated on the recent successes of the charity and our plans for the future. 

The Smith & Williamson team also returned to our Annual Dinner for a fourth time year last October...this time as the event's title sponsor, ensuring every penny raised on the night could be put to the best use, giving more young people in inner cities access to quality sport and the opportunity to enhance their life prospects. 

Moreover, we were delighted to be the official charity partner for the Football Business Awards, sponsored by Smith & Williamson, which saw a fantastic £7,000 raised for Access Sport!


For more information please contact Julian Barrell, Director of Development: [email protected]