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Bring back our sports clubs for disabled people

by Disability Sports Coach in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £1,940 ( + est. £12.50 Gift Aid ) with 81 supporters in 42 days

Please help us reopen our sports clubs so disabled people aren't left behind as communities build back better.

by Disability Sports Coach in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

It would be amazing to beat our target. If we are lucky enough to receive extra donations, we can book more venues and welcome more disabled people to our sessions.  As group sizes increase, we'll also require more coaches and more PPE so that participants can enjoy their sessions in a safe environment.


We are Disability Sports Coach

Our award-winning charity empowers disabled people to live more active lives, transforming physical and mental wellbeing. We do this by:

- Running 14 community clubs providing weekly sports activities for disabled people across London

- Providing specialist coaching services in schools, colleges and community groups, so disabled children can enjoy inclusive PE sessions

- Training teachers, coaches and volunteers to deliver adapted activities so that nobody is excluded from sport

Our pandemic response

With our activities sadly closed throughout the pandemic, we quickly adapted to ensure disabled people could keep active and connected. We:

- Host free online sports sessions every week

- Delivered packs of adapted sports equipment to the most vulnerable people in our communities

- Worked closely with Sport England to develop and deliver free activity guides for disabled people with fun and engaging ways to keep active

Since the start of the pandemic, we have delivered almost 2,000 packs of equipment to disabled people across London.

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Why do we need your support?

Please help us raise £1,500 towards reopening our 14 sports clubs across London so disabled people aren't left behind as communities reopen.

Our sports clubs have been closed since lockdown in March 2020. Overnight, hundreds of disabled people lost their only opportunity to keep active and meet friends every single week. The majority of the people we support have a learning disability and are aged between 12-35.

With our fundraising severely impacted, we desperately seek your support to help cover the additional costs caused by the pandemic so we can open our life-changing clubs again.

 Your support means we can:

- Book COVID-secure venues to run our weekly clubs across London so disabled people can participate in sport safely 

- Pay for specialist coaches to deliver inclusive and adapted sports activities

- Provide PPE for our coaches and volunteers

- Develop an online booking system to reduce the need for cash-handling

Our clubs change lives

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Living with a disability

Disabled people already face limited opportunities to enjoy suitable sports activities, meaning they are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. This increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

As well as affecting physical health, disabled people face increased levels of depression, loneliness and isolation.

The impact of the pandemic

The pandemic has heightened the inequalities disabled people face. While many people experienced inactivity and isolation, disabled people were disproportionately affected.  

Many disabled people have been shielding for months - some have not left their home for over a year.

Shockingly, two-thirds of all deaths from coronavirus are disabled people.

Alongside this harrowing statistic, research from the BBC reveals how the pandemic has made disabled people feel forgotten: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57652173

Our response

To combat the challenges caused by the pandemic, we sent packs of sports equipment to 1,000 disabled adults and children, hosted free only activity sessions, and delivered free activity guides.

With restrictions easing, 90% of participants say they now want to return to our clubs.1626798311_1626798310978.png

What difference will you make?

  • Reopen our community clubs across London so disabled people can enjoy weekly sports activities in a safe environment within their community
  • Increase physical activity levels among disabled people, improving health
  • Bring disabled people together to reduce isolation and loneliness 

Your support means we can help 200 disabled people to re-join their local clubs, improving physical health, reducing isolation and making people feel part of their community once again. Together, we will empower more disabled people than ever before to live healthier, happier lives.

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