Do you want to get active this summer and raise money for a good cause?

#SummerOfSport   #SummerOfPlay

We’re on a mission to help the UK get back to physical and mental health and wellbeing this summer.

We’re challenging corporates to #TriWithAccessSport. Get together with a group of colleagues, set your own challenge and raise money for Access Sport.

There is no minimum level of fitness required – each team sets its own challenge and raises funds for Access Sport at the same time. All we ask is that you make sure it’s an active challenge and have some fun! We are asking each team to raise a minimum of £1,000 for Access Sport – the team that raises the most funds will win the ‘Tri with Access Sport Award’ including a session with an elite sporting ambassador.

To sign-up you need to:

  1. Decide on your team and your challenge. There is a maximum of five individuals per team.
  2. Fill in our registration form here
  3. Set up your team’s fundraising page on Just Giving and join our virtual fundraising team
  4. Keep us posted with your progress using the hashtag #TriWithAccessSport (feel free to use the other hashtags #SummerOfSport and #SummerOfPlay too)

Get inspired by Access Sport

To launch #TriWithAccessSport, Access Sport Trustee, Matthew Dawson, is taking part in three phenomenal endurance challenges – the ultimate cycling, swimming and running triathlon:

JUNE: Bike from East Coast to West Coast - 335Km

AUGUST: Swim across Lake Windemere - 18Km

OCTOBER: Run the London Marathon - 26.2Miles

We will be following Matthew on his incredible journey and sharing updates on his progress throughout the summer – on our website and social media channels. #TriWithAccessSport

What do companies get when they commit to raising £1k for Access Sport?
  • The company logo on challenge communications, including the Access Sport website, and referenced in press releases.
  • The opportunity to attend a webinar with Matthew to discuss training techniques, nutrition and the importance of being mentally prepared.
  • The challenge presents a unique skills development opportunity for employees looking to develop leadership, team-work and resilience.
  • Each of the five participants in a team will receive an Access Sport running vest.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunity – become a Match Partner

We are also offering companies the opportunity to become a match partner for a stage of Matthew’s triathlon by pledging £5,000. Choose either the cycling challenge, the swimming challenge or the running challenge and donate £5,000 of match funding against Matthew’s fundraising – your support will encourage others to give to the appeal as they know it will be worth double.

What does a Corporate Match Partner receive?
  • One free team entered into the challenge (worth £1k).
  • Prominent placement of the company logo on the Access Sport website plus links to their website.
  • Tagged in all social media posts (e.g. supported by @XXXX) and referenced in press releases.

Email [email protected] to become a match partner.

The Tri with Access Sport Award – top fundraising team

The team that has raised the most money as shown on their fundraising page by midday on Monday 4th October will win the ‘Tri With Access Sport Award’. The prize for this is to choose an elite session with one of Access Sport’s incredible sports ambassadors.

Every £10k raised will mean another 100 disadvantaged and disabled children and young people having the chance to play sport.

Corporate Challenge - Ideas

We invite you to get involved in a way that suits you and your team. You don’t have to be together physically to complete the challenge but you can still do it as a team. Some ideas include:

  • Follow our trustee Matthew Dawson and complete one or more stages of the triathlon – e.g. a cycle in June, a swim in August and/or a run in October:

    CYCLE: June – on your own, in a group, with friends/colleagues – on the roads, at a BMX track or at home on Zwift

    SWIM: August – do your own swimming challenge, in a pool / in the sea / wherever you like, however you like

    RUN: October – any distance, indoors on a treadmill / outdoors / on your own or in a group – celebrate the 40th anniversary of the London Marathon on 3rd October by joining in

  • Complete an entire triathlon – inspired by Matthew!

  • Or try any other sport and set up your own sporting challenge any time between June and October!

Remember, there’s no minimum level of fitness required – you set your own challenge with your colleagues/team-mates and raise funds for Access Sport at the same time.

Whatever your challenge, don’t forget to:
  • Register here
  • Set up a Just Giving page and join our virtual fundraising team 
  • Keep us posted with your progress using the hashtag #TriWithAccessSport (feel free to use the other hashtags #SummerOfSport and #SummerOfPlay too) :

 - Whatever your challenge, please remember to adhere to current Covid-19 Government Guidelines.

I’m an individual and I want to get my company involved – how do I sign up?

Whether you are an experienced athlete or need some encouragement to get out and get active – if you think you’re ready to take on a new personal challenge this summer with colleagues,  #TriWithAccessSport is for you! All you need to do is create your team of colleagues (up to 5 people), choose your challenge and register via the link above.

Why fundraise for Access Sport?

We would love your organisation to take part in our Corporate Challenge and for your staff to experience the many benefits of being physically active – including a boost to physical health and mental wellbeing, the opportunity to increase confidence, leadership and teamwork skills all whilst working hard to achieve their physical challenge.

By taking part and fundraising for Access Sport, you will also be ensuring that more disabled and disadvantaged young people can experience the multiple benefits of being physically active. Sadly, even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of children across the UK, especially those with disabilities and those growing up in poverty, were denied this simple opportunity. Through our work, we train, equip and support local volunteers and their community sports organisations so they can grow, become sustainable and include and develop people who would otherwise not participate in sport -  including disabled and disadvantaged young people. This unleashes the potential of community sports organisations to transform more lives through sport while developing and strengthening their local communities.

External evaluation of our work in 2019/20 showed that:

83%  Of young people said they want to do more activity or sport than before
84%  Of parents/carers reported that their child's wellbeing has improved
82%  Of participants said they know more about being healthy and active

Every £10k raised through our Corporate Challenge will mean another 100 disadvantaged and disabled children and young people having the chance to play sport.

Let’s get active this summer!

#TriWithAccessSport #SummerOfSport #SummerOfPlay